The California Children's Services (CCS) program provides diagnostic and treatment services, medical case management, and physical and occupational therapy services to children under age 21 years old with CCS-eligible medical conditions. Examples of CCS-eligible conditions include, but are not limited to, chronic medical conditions such as cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, heart disease, cancer, traumatic injuries, and infectious diseases producing major sequelae.
Anyone can refer a child to CCS, including the child’s parent(s). Referral forms and a description of the process can be found here:
CCS services are provided by these four program divisions:
Medical Therapy Program
The Medical Therapy Program (MTP) provides physical therapy and occupational therapy to children with certain physical (neuromuscular or orthopedic) conditions or diseases. These services are provided free of charge in special locations (Medical Therapy Units) associated with schools. In addition, consultation may occur in the classroom, private medical office, and home. Financial eligibility is not a requirement of this part of CCS.
The CCS Diagnostic Program refers and pays for evaluations by medical specialists when a child may have an eligible medical condition. Financial eligibility is not a requirement of this part of CCS.
The CCS Treatment Program provides comprehensive case management for children with serious, chronic, disfiguring, or disabling medical conditions or diseases. The child must have a medically eligible condition or disease and the family must meet financial eligibility criteria.
High Risk Infant Follow-Up
The High Risk Infant Follow Up (HRIF) Program offers high risk infants comprehensive developmental evaluations. Infants who are born with a risk factor(s) for physical developmental problems may qualify for this program. The goal is to identify infants and toddlers with delays and refer them for early developmental services to prevent serious physical disability.
Financial eligibility is not a requirement of this part of CCS.
The Public Health Department administers the CCS program in Santa Clara County. The State of California legislates the overall program through the Department of Health Care Services in the Children's Medical Services branch.