What is California Children's Services?

California Children’s Services (CCS) is a statewide program that provides authorizations for medical care, case management, financial assistance, and medically necessary physical and occupational therapy services to children who meet the CCS eligibility criteria.  The program is managed by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and is administered by the local county health care departments.

Who is Eligible For CCS?

Children and young adults who meet the following criteria are eligible for the CCS Program:

  • Children and young adults from birth to 21 years of age
  • Diagnosed with a medical condition that is eligible for the CCS Program
  • Is an Orange County, California resident
  • Has Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, or meets the CCS financial eligibility criteria of family adjusted gross income of less than $40,000 per year, or over $40,000 per year with eligible out-of-pocket medical expenses that exceed 20% of family income
  • Has a medical condition that is eligible for the Medical Therapy Program (financial eligibility is not required)

Which Medical Conditions Are Eligible?

Eligible conditions include severe physical disabilities resulting from congenital defects or those acquired through disease, accident or abnormal development. Examples include cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, cancer, heart conditions and orthopedic disorders.

What Services Are Provided?

Child receiving therapy at CCSMedical Case Management Services
CCS Public Health Nurses provide medical case management for complex medical conditions. CCS approved hospitals and providers are authorized to provide medical care for the CCS eligible medical condition. CCS partners with CalOptima, Medi-Cal, and Healthy Families to case manage medical care for children with a CCS eligible medical condition.

Financial Assistance
CCS provides financial assistance for children who have a CCS eligible medical condition and whose family meets the CCS financial eligibility criteria.

Medical Therapy Program
CCS provides medically necessary physical and occupational therapy services to children with medical conditions that are eligible for the Medical Therapy Program. Examples of conditions that are eligible for these services include cerebral palsy, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury, muscular dystrophy, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and other chronic disabilities. These services are provided in Medical Therapy Units located in public school settings throughout the county.

 How Are CCS Services Obtained?

  • Referrals can be submitted by any agency involved with the child's care including physicians, hospitals, nurses, school districts, Regional Center, or the client or family directly.
  • A referral must include appropriate medical reports to confirm the medical condition, a Service Authorization Request that specifies what services are being requested from CCS, and a signed program application.
  • The documents should be sent to the Orange County CCS Office:

California Children's Services
200 W. Santa Ana Blvd, Suite 100
Santa Ana, CA 92701

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