The state of California offers different health care programs and
services through the DHCS including help for children in foster
care, children with special medical conditions and those needing
personal care. They also provide help to families to determine
eligibility for services and programs.
California Children’s Services (CCS) is a state program for
children with certain diseases or health problems. Through this
program, children up to 21 years old can get the health care and
services they need. CCS will connect you with doctors and trained
health care people who know how to care for your child with
special health care needs.
The Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) is a preventive
program that delivers periodic health assessments and services to
low income children and youth in California. CHDP provides
care coordination to assist families with medical appointment
scheduling, transportation, and access to diagnostic and
treatment services. Health assessments are provided by
enrolled private physicians, local health departments, community
clinics, managed care plans, and some local school districts.
Early and Periodic Screening,
Diagnosis,and Treatment (EPSDT) is a Medi-Cal benefit for
individuals under the age of 21 who have full-scope Medi-Cal
eligibility. This benefit allows for periodic screenings to
determine health care needs. Based upon the identified health
care need, diagnostic and treatment services are provided.
The Health Care Program for Children in Foster Care (HCPCFC) is a
public health nursing program located in county child welfare
service agencies and probation departments to provide public
health nurse (PHN) expertise in meeting the medical, dental,
mental and developmental needs of children and youth in foster
care. The local Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP)
program is administratively responsible for the HCPCFC.
Beginning January 1, 2013, all Healthy Families Program (HFP)
enrollees will transition to Medi-Cal as targeted low-income
Medicaid children.The transition of approximately 875,000 HFP
enrollees will be implemented in four separate phases over the
course of one year and in a manner that minimizes disruption in
services, maintains adequate provider networks, and ensures
access to care.
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If you or a loved one is in immediate crisis, please call 911
or visit the nearest emergency room.
The UACF Hope Line is a message system for parents and caregivers
that provides resources and connections to individuals in your
community that may be able to assist you in finding appropriate
support services for your child’s mental health needs. Feel free
to leave a message on the UACF Hope Line and your call will be
returned as promptly as possible.