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The Wisconsin Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Program is funded by the Maternal Child Health Title V Block Grant. For more information about the Maternal Child Health Bureau go to: www.mchb.hrsa.gov/ The CYSHCN Program is located in the Department of Health and Family Services, Division of Public Health, Bureau of Family and Community Health. The philosophy and principles of this Program are:

  • Children are best served within their families.
  • Children and families are best supported within the context of their community.
  • Families will have convenient access to care coordinators.
  • Collaboration is the best way to provide comprehensive services.
  • Family perspectives and presence must be included in all aspects of the system.
  • Background Information

All states are mandated by Amendments to Title V of the 1935 Social Security Act in the Omnibus Budget and Reconciliation Act of 1989 (OBRA ’89) to “provide and to promote family–centered, community–based, culturally competent, coordinated care for children with special health care needs.” This Act enabled each state to “facilitate the development of community–based systems of services for children with special health care needs and their families.”The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA), Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) released “Healthy People 2010”. The goals of this strategic plan are to increase the quality and years for a healthy life and to eliminate health disparities. Promoting health and access to care for children with special health care needs is included in “Healthy People 2010”. For more information about “Healthy People 2010”, go to: http://www.health.gov/healthypeople

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