Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) is a program that provides free services to children who have, or are at risk of having, a physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional condition and who require health and related services beyond usual pediatric care. Children, from birth to age 18 years of age, are eligible for services regardless of family income.

Public Health Nurse Care Coordinators may provide telephone or home consultation services to families in Mason County to:

  • Help families access medical care or treatments for their child
  • Provide screening and assessment services
  • Provide nursing evaluation and care coordination
  • Refer families to health insurance programs and information
  • Assist families to connect with transportation services for Medicaid-covered medical appointments
  • Offer family support
  • Assist with concerns related to feeding, nutrition, growth and development
  • Linkage and referral to community resources

*Limited financial assistance may be available for specialized medical care not covered by insurance or medical coupons.

children with special health care needs

For more information call Elizabeth Custis, Shelton: (360) 427-9670 ext. 407, Belfair/Allyn: (360) 275-4467 ext. 407

  1. South Sound Parent to Parent Birth to Three Intake Coordinator for free developmental screenings and early intervention services 360-352-1126, ext. 103
  2. School districts provide school based services for children age 3+ who have developmental concerns or need developmental support.
  3. DDA - Division of Developmental Administration. Provides concrete services, support, and assists with Medicaid personal care 888-707-1202
  4. To apply for Social Security benefits for your special needs child call 1-800-772-1213 to request an application or apply online
  5. A Gift for Special Children, a non-profit to assist families and children with needs beyond what other services can provide. Call (360) 463-4384 for information.  
  6. Parent Help 123 for community resources
  7. Children’s Hospital CSHCN website for diagnosis information and support