Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) is a program within the Michigan Department of
Health and Human Services and provided by the Ionia County Health Department. It is for children
and some adults with special health care needs and their families.

What does the program offer:

We help persons with chronic health care problems by providing:

  • Coverage and referral for specialty services based on your child’s health problems.
  • Family-centered services to support you in your role as the primary caretaker of your child.
  • Community-based services to help you care for your child at home and maintain normal routines.
  • Culturally competent services that demonstrate an awareness of cultural differences.
  • Coordinated services to pull together the services of many providers who work within different agencies.

Who can join CHS?

Several factors determine if a person is eligible for CSHCS:

Qualifying Medical condition: CSHCS covers more than 2,700 physical conditions when certain criteria are met. NOTE: CSHCS does not cover developmental, behavioral, or intellectual conditions.  Severity, chronicity of the condition and the need for treatment by a specialist as evaluated by a MDHHS medical consultant.

Age: Clients must be under the age of 26. The age limit is waived for individuals with certain blood clotting disorders, cystic fibrosis, or sickle cell disease (diagnosis of these conditions will result in lifelong CSHCS coverage eligibility).

Citizenship: The client, or a parent of the minor client, or court appointed guardian must be one of the following:

  • A US citizen, or
  • A documented non-citizen who has been admitted for permanent residence, or
  • A non-citizen legally admitted migrant farm worker (i.e., seasonal agricultural worker).

Residency: Must be a Michigan resident

Eligibility: Is not based on income.

  • Families with any income are eligible as long as the previous criteria are met.
  • There is a fee to join CSHCS. This fee is waived if the client has Medicaid, MIChild, a court-appointed guardian or lives in a foster home. The fee is determined on a sliding scale based upon family income and family size.
  • Please call the Ionia County Health Department CSHCS office at 616-527-5341 or the Family Phone line at 1-800-359-3722 if you have specific questions about this fee.

Why Join CHS?

We work with you to ensure that you or your child receive the very best care. We help you with:

  • Paying specialty medical bills.
  • Coordinating services from multiple providers.
  • Learning about specialty providers, such as Doctors, hospitals and clinics.
  • Coordinating health insurance benefits.
  • Covering co-pays or deductibles.

How to Join CHS?

The first step is to ask your specialist to submit a medical record less than one year old.  This information can be in the form of a letter or report that fully describes the condition and treatment plan.  Your specialist will need permission to send the medical information to CSHCS.  Your child’s medical condition, not your income, determines if you qualify for this program. If your child qualifies, he or she will be invited to join the program. An application will be mailed to you. A review of this application will determine if we ask you to share in the cost of services.

If the child with special needs has not seen a specialist or you have questions:
Contact your CSHCS Rep at ICHD at 616-527-5341
Call our CSHCS Family Phone Line at 1-800-359-3722 or

Health Department

175 E. Adams Street
Ionia, MI 48846

(616) 527-5341

(616) 527-5361

Children’s Special Health Care Services
Phone: (800) 359-3722
TDD: (800) 788-7889

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Fax: (616) 527-8202
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Phone: (616) 527-5341
Monday – Thursday
8:30am – 11:30am & 12:30pm – 3:00pm

Immunization Late Clinics: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10:00am – 5:00pm

TB tests can be done Monday – Wednesday 8:30am – 3pm

Substance Abuse Prevention
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Woman, Infants, & Children (WIC)
Phone: (616) 527-5337
Mon – Fri: 8:00am – 4:00pm
WIC Late Clinics: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10:00am – 5:30pm

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