Special Health Care Needs (Children)

The Henry County Health Center provides the Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program (CYSHCN) for individuals from birth to age 21 who have or are at increased risk for a disease, defect or medical condition that may hinder their normal physical growth and development and who require more medical services than children and youth generally. The Program focuses on early identification and service coordination for individuals who meet medical eligibility guidelines. As payer of last resort, the CYSHCN Program provides limited funding for medically necessary diagnostic and treatment services for individuals whose families also meet financial eligibility guidelines.

The CYSHCN Program at the Henry County Health Center assists children in the counties of Henry, Hickory, Bates, Benton, Cedar, Vernon, St Clair, and Polk. If you live in any other county the Service Coordinator will provide you with the assistance for help in your county.


The participant must be a Missouri resident

The participant must be birth to age 21

The participant must have an eligible special health care need (conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Cystic Fibrosis, Cleft Lip and Palate, Hearing Disorders, Hemophilia, Paraplegia, Quadriplegia, Seizures, Spina Bifida, and Traumatic Brain Injury)

The participant must meet financial eligibility guidelines for funded services (family income at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines)



The CYSHCN Program provides two primary services:

  1. Service coordination is provided to all participants, regardless of financial status
    • Outreach/Identification and Referral/Application
    • Eligibility Determination
    • Assessment of Needs
    • Resource identification, referral and access
    • Family support
    • Service Plan Development/Implementation
    • Monitoring & Evaluation
    • Transition/Closure
  2. Limited funding for medically necessary diagnostic and treatment services for participants whose families meet financial eligibility guidelines.


Funded services may include but are not limited to: doctor visits, emergency care, inpatient hospitalization, outpatient surgery, prescription medication, diagnostic testing, orthodontia and prosthodontic (cleft lip/palate only), therapy (physical, occupational, speech and respiratory), durable medical equipment, orthotics, hearing aids, specialized formula, and incontinence supplies.

CYSHCN is payer of last resort. The Service Coordinator will assist the participant/family with resource identification and referral. All third party liability must be exhausted prior to accessing CYSHCN funds.

To request application or need more information contact the Service Coordinator:

Lauren Bauer

CYSHCN Service Coordinator

[email protected]

(660) 885-8193


You may also obtain an application and find more information at the website listed below: