Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Collaborative Activities

CYSHCN & School Services

The CYSHCN Program partners with Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and family support organizations such as Washington State Fathers Network and Family Voices Washington-state affiliate PAVE (Partnerships for Action, Voices of Empowerment) to promote more coordination between schools and children with special health care needs and to help locate resources that are available.

CYSHCN & Medicaid - Health Care Authority

The CYSHCN Program collaborates with Medicaid at the Health Care Authority. Washington's Medicaid Program provides extensive coverage for medical services for income eligible children with special health care needs.

CYSHCN & Department of Children, Youth, and Families, Early Support for Infants & Toddlers (ESIT)

The CYSHCN Program is an active participant in coordinating efforts to implement Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The Program works proactively with state and local partners to assure a comprehensive statewide system of early intervention services for eligible infants and toddlers (birth through age 2) with disabilities and their families. Lead Family Resources Coordinators can link children to early intervention services in their home communities.

Folic Acid & Birth Defects Prevention

The CYSHCN Program uses public health messages to promote the consumption of folic acid by women of child-bearing age to prevent birth defects. All women who could possibly become pregnant should consume 400 micrograms (or 0.4mg) of folic acid (an essential B vitamin) every day before pregnancy. Folic acid can be found in certain healthy foods, enriched grain products and multivitamin pills. Health care providers have more information or contact:

Women Infant and Children Nutrition Program

The CYSHCN Program collaborates with the Washington State Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to:

  • Improve referrals between CYSHCN and WIC.
  • Coordinate coverage for special formulas for children covered by Medicaid and WIC.
  • Provide training and resources for WIC nutritionists.