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For more information please contact the Resource Specialist at (716) 373-8050 ext. 3416 or complete the form below.

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What is the Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Program?

Families with physically disabled, cognitively challenged, or chronically ill children often need a wide range of services to meet their child's special needs.

Your child may be eligible if:

  • He/She lives in Cattaraugus County, and is under 21 years of age.
  • He/She has a serious or chronic medical, physical, or developmental condition.

How can the CYSHCN Program help?

  • We can link you with affordable health care.
  • We can connect you with community programs.
  • We can answer questions about how to meet your child's needs.

Do you need financial assistance?

There is financial help available through our CYSHCN-SS (Support Services) Program (formerly known as the Physically Handicapped Children's Program).  CYSHCN-SS helps to pay the medical bills of a child with a special medical need.

Your family may be eligible if: 

  • Your child lives in Cattaraugus County, and is under 21 years of age.
  • Your child has a serious or chronic medical, physical, or developmental condition
  • Your family meets the income eligibility requirements.  (Many middle income families qualify!)

Examples of conditions that are considered to be serious or chronic include but are not limited to:

  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis/Joint Problem
  • Asthma
  • Autism or ASD
  • Behavioral or Conduct Problem
  • Blood Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Depression
  • Developmental Delay
  • Diabetes
  • Down Syndrome
  • Epilepsy or Seizure Disorder
  • Genetic/Inherited Condition
  • Head Injury
  • Hearing Problem
  • Heart Problem
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Learning Difficulty
  • Migraines
  • Other Mental Health Condition
  • Speech or Language Disorder
  • Substance Abuse Disorder
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Vision Problem

CYSHCN-SS also offers an Orthodontic Program...

Many insurance companies do not cover the cost of the braces or other orthodontic services.  Your child may qualify if:

  • Orthodontic services are not covered under the family's health insurance plan.
  • He/She has been approved by the NYS Department of Dental Health for services.
  • Your family meets the financial eligibility requirements.

This is a low-cost program.  Families are asked to pay a monthly co-pay based on financial need.


For referrals, questions, or information, please contact:

Adam Packer

Resource Specialist

(716) 701-3416

Catt. County is an Accredited Health Department by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB)