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Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) is a program within the Department of Community Health. CSHCS helps children and some adults who need specialty medical care. Specialty medical care is care that cannot be managed only by pediatricians, family doctors or internists.

View the CSHCS brochure.

CSHCS is part of state government, and so it belongs to families. This Family Guide explains how CSHCS works. It tells you how to get help from CSHCS. Many parents find it overwhelming and confusing to suddenly need CSHCS. However, lots of help is available to sort out the system.

The Children with Special Needs Fund is an additional resource from CSHCS. "The CSN Fund is the most direct, comprehensive and innovative opportunity to help Michigan's special needs children."

Contact: Michigan Department of Community Health
Phone: (800) 359-3722

Family Support Subsidy Program

The Family Support Subsidy (FSS) Program provides financial assistance to families that include a child with severe developmental disabilities.

The intent is to help make it possible for children with developmental disabilities to remain with or return to their birth or adoptive families. The program provides a monthly payment of $222.11. Families are able to use this money for special expenses incurred while caring for their child.

Click Here to view the Family Support Subsidy brochure in English.

Vea el folleto del Subsidio de la Ayuda de la Familia en espanol.

Contact: Cheryl Thelen, Statewide Contact
Phone: (517) 241-5773

Family-to-Family Health Information Education Center

"The goal of Family-to-Family is to improve access to quality care and supports for children with special needs in their communities by empowering families. Together with other family, community, and state-wide partners, they will seek to enhance resources and expand outreach to families across Michigan through information, education and parent-to-parent support. "
Phone: (800) 359-3722

Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc.

"The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc. (ITCM) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation duly organized under a State Charter filed April 16, 1968. The ITCM is divided into several different divisions, which include Health Services, Behavioral Health, Environmental Services, and Child, Family, and Education Services. A variety of social service, health, educational, employment training, and environmental services are coordinated through the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan. " (Source:
Phone: (800) 562-4957
Fax: (906) 632-1810
Address: 2956 Ashmun Street, Suite A
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

Kids Corner

Helen DeVos Children's Hospital offers a site that provides health information for parents, kids, and teens. Information such as growth and development, positive parenting, and health just to name a few.
Phone: (866) 989-7999
Address: 100 Michigan Street, NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP)

"MIHP is a program for all Michigan women with Medicaid health insurance who are pregnant and all infants with Medicaid. It is a benefit of their insurance. MIHP provides support to promote healthy pregnancies, good birth outcomes, and healthy infants." Visit the Website for local contact information and an interactive map.

Michigan Department of Community Health - Children and Families Information

The Michigan Department of Community Health offers information and resources on immunizations, lead poisoining, and maternal and child health.

Phone: (517) 373-3740
Address: Capitol View Building
201 Townsend Street
Lansing, MI 48913

Michigan Primary Care Association

Getting health insurance for your children is easy. Don't know if you're eligible? Enrollment events take place across the state in partnership with local organizations, there is no appointment necessary and staff will help you complete an application for benefits at any event! Visit their Website to locate a Community Outreach Specialist today.

Click here to view the 2010 Guide to Michigan Community Health Centers

Phone: (800) 752-7268
Fax: (517) 381-8008
Address: 7215 Westshire Drive
Lansing, MI 48917

Parent Action for Healthy Kids

Parent Action for Healthy Kids® is designed to help connect parents, communities and schools to improve the health and well-being of children and youth. There are many quality resources and programs to assist parents in advocating for improved health initiatives in our communities and schools. Too often these high quality products never reach the most important person in a child's life – the parent. The aim of Parent Action for Healthy Kids® is to provide parents with the best resources available so they can advocate for improved health initiatives in communities and schools.
Phone: (248) 538-7786
Fax: (248) 538-7787
Address: P.O. Box 3525
Farmington Hills, MI 48333
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