Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program

The Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program (CYSHCNP) works with national, state, and community-based agencies to link children to appropriate services, close service gaps, reduce duplication, and develop policies to better service families.

This program is available to children from birth through age 21 who:
  • Have a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition that is expected to last 12 months or longer 
    • Examples include ADHD, asthma, autism spectrum disorders, childhood cancers, cerebral palsy, deaf or blind, diabetes, Downs syndrome, heart disease, and mental conditions
  • May receive services from various public and private agencies/providers for health, education, and/or social services
  • May need case management to help coordinate care and services due to complex medical, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, emotional and behavioral health needs

Wisconsin has five Regional Centers devoted to supporting families with children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and the providers who serve them. Each center has specialists. They offer free and private services and can help you:

  • Connect to community resources.
  • Find services.
  • Get answers.


Douglas County is in the Western Region. Phone: 800- 400-3678

DHS Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs webpage: