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Program Summary

California Children’s Services is a statewide program that provides treatment and case management services for children under 21 years of age with serious medical problems such as chronic illnesses, genetic diseases, physical handicaps, major injuries due to violence and accidents, congenital defects, and conditions requiring treatment in neonatal intensive care units.

CCS can also authorize and pay for specific medical services and equipment provided by CCS-approved specialists.

The California Department of Health Care Services manages the CCS program. Larger counties operate their own CCS programs, while smaller counties share the operation of their program with state CCS regional offices in Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The program is funded with state, county, and federal tax monies, along with some fees paid by parents.

Who is eligible?

One who:

  • is under 21 years old;

  • has or may have a medical condition that is covered by CCS;

  • is a resident of California; and

  • has a family income of $40,000 or less as reported as the adjusted gross income on the state tax form; or

  • the out-of-pocket medical expenses for a child who qualifies are expected to be more than 20 percent of family income; or

  • the child has Healthy Families coverage.


Family income is not a factor for children who:

  • need diagnostic services to confirm a CCS eligible medical condition; or

  • were adopted with a known CCS eligible medical condition; or

  • are applying only for services through the Medical Therapy Program; or

  • are Medi-Cal beneficiaries, full scope, no share of cost; or

  • are Healthy Families subscribers.

What are the benefits?

Physician care, hospitalizations, laboratory services, x-rays, rehabilitation services, medications and medical supplies, durable medical equipment, medical therapy, and case-management.

How much does it cost?

Services are provided at no cost to eligible children.

To apply

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