Children With Special Health Needs

What We Do. Children with Special Health Needs (CSHN) supports Vermont children and youth with special health needs by ensuring comprehensive, culturally sensitive, community-based and family-centered services. This is a free public health program for families.

Who We Help. CSHN supports children with complex, chronic health conditions and/or developmental disorders, ages birth to-21, and their families, with flexible, experienced, and proactive services.

Who We Are. A team of medical social workers, nurses, and other specialty providers who are experienced and skilled in working with children, their families, and providers.

How We Help. CSHN provides a variety of services and supports based on your child’s and family’s needs. CSHN focuses on your child, while also taking a holistic, family-centered approach. We are there when you need us the most, and in the background when you don’t. There are a variety of services and programs available depending on the needs of your child and family, including:

Contact Us

Children with Special Health Needs
Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry Street, PO Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402

Tel: 800-660-4427 or 802-863-7338
Fax: 802-863-7635

Just call us, we’ll figure it out.

In This Section

Our team of medical social workers are here to help children and families with special health needs, and the providers who care for them.

While all children develop at their own pace, some develop at a rate that may concern parents, caregivers and providers. The Child Development Clinic evaluates young Vermont children up to about age 8.

Sometimes children need extra help with their daily self-care routine.  Children’s Personal Care Services may be able to help families and caregivers to pay for one-on-one assistance for a child that needs assistance with dressing, bathing, grooming, toileting, eating and/or mobility.

Children and their families should have the choice to live in their own homes and communities, not hospitals.

Each year a number of Vermont families and caregivers learn their child has a serious lifethreatening illness. Pediatric Palliative Care program has supports to help people under age 21.

The Community Nutrition Network provides individualized nutrition services for children with special health needs who have specific growth, feeding and dietary needs, and their families or caregivers.