Welcome to the Office of Children With Special Health Needs
The Office of Children With Special Health Needs (CSHN) provides a number of services to Vermont children - birth to age 21 - who have complex health conditions, and to their families.
Families are a child’s best caregivers, advocates and decision-makers. We work to provide information, medical services, care coordination and resources to help families support their children’s well being, growth and development.
CSHN focuses on coordinating our efforts with the good work done by children’s primary care physicians. With the family’s permission, we stay in close touch.
A child’s eligibility for a specific program may depend upon a number of factors. If you have any questions at all, please contact us.
Community Connections & Resources
Resources for persons with cognitive and other disabilities, families, and those who provide services and support.
Children’s Integrated Services Program
CSHN works with this Agency of Human Services program for services that support growth and development of children from birth to age three.
Traumatic Brain Injury Program
Diverts and/or returns Vermonters, with a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, from hospitals and facilities to a community-based setting. This is a rehabilitation-based, choice-driven program intended to support individuals to achieve their optimum independence and help them return to work.
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports
A year-round program offering theraputic and adaptive sports, recreational programs and activities for individuals with a disability. They offer skiing, snowboarding, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, cycling, horseback riding, and lots of other fun and healthy experiences. Visit the website or call 802-786-4991 for more information.
Vermont Interdisciplinary Leadership Education for Health Professionals
This CSHN partner is the University of Vermont’s advanced training program to prepare leaders across the health professions to serve children with special health needs and their families.
Vermont Family Network
Vermont Family Network (VFN) is made up of the merged organizations Vermont Parent Information Center and Parent to Parent of Vermont.
CSHN works very closely with VFN to help match parents of children with special health needs to other experienced, trained, volunteer Supporting Parents throughout Vermont, and to encourage other parent support activities. Families with questions about their child’s special education needs are urged to visit the VFN website or call 802-876-5315 or 800-800-4005.
Vermont Public Transporation Association
Several regional transportation agencies around the state coordinate transportation (including reimbursement of certain qualifying out-of-pocket costs) for medically necessary travel for people who are Medicaid eligible. Many CSHN families rely on this to cover the cost of travel to out-of-state medical facilities.