Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Posted on 08/11/2023
33 years ago, on July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. The law's purpose is to ensure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. 

At Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD), The Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs (CYSHCN) program helps to address complex care issues to improve the health and well-being of children from birth to 18 years old who have or are suspected of having chronic conditions, delays, or disabilities. 

BFHD also works to eliminate systems barriers that these families may face and works collaboratively with community care providers coordinating NICU discharge planning meetings and the Benton-Franklin Feeding Team. 

This community service supports the child (Birth to 18) and family transitioning from hospital to home. Public Health staff continue to be available to the family and facilitate services as they progress through the continuum of care. This service is provided to families regardless of income, and there is no charge to the family for CYSHCN services.  

Please visit the BFHD's Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs (CYSHCN) page for additional resources, including links to upcoming community events, care coordination, and family health information. 
If your family could benefit from assistance navigating healthcare, you can submit questions from the webpage or can call the Benton-Franklin Health District CYSHCN Coordinator at 509-460-4248.