CCS is a program for kids and youth with certain diseases. CCS chooses the best services and pays for the care.
A child or youth can get California Children’s Services (CCS) if they meet the four requirements below. They must:
- Be 0 to 21 years old
- Live in Santa Clara County
- Have a chronic, disabling, or life-threatening medical condition that is a CCS eligible medical condition
- Have one of the following:
- Family income (AGI-Adjusted Gross Income) of $40,000 or less
- Family income (AGI-Adjusted Gross Income) over $40,000 and out-of-pocket medical expenses are likely to be more than 20 percent of the family income (AGI-Adjusted Gross Income)
- A need for an evaluation to find out if there is a health problem that is covered by CCS
- Was adopted with a known health problem that is covered by CCS
- A need for the Medical Therapy Program (children and youth can get Medical Therapy Program services no matter what their family income is)
- Medi-Cal, with full benefits (Full-Scope or Share-Of-Cost)
How to apply: Steps to get CCS services
Anyone can refer a child or youth to CCS (doctor, parent, teacher, etc.)
A doctor identifies that the child or youth may have a CCS eligible medical condition. The doctor sends a report to CCS for a nurse case manager to review.
Family or youth fills out and signs an application for CCS, faxes it to (408) 793-6250 or mails it to 720 Empey Way, San Jose CA, 95128.
CCS Application (English)
CCS Application (Spanish)
- Case management and care coordination
The CCS nurse case manager helps the child or youth get the right care at the right place in a timely manner.
CCS approves health care services to treat the child or youth's CCS eligible medical condition. A copy of the approval is mailed to the child or youth’s home. The family/ client can then make an appointment to get the approved care. You can call CCS anytime at 408-793-6200 to find out the status of your request.
- For any other questions, see our FAQ section.
CCS provides the following:
Nurse case managers work with your child’s medical providers to coordinate and make all aspects of your child’s care easier. This includes inpatient and outpatient services.
The nurse case managers also make sure that your child is connected to necessary medical, social, educational and community agencies and resources.
The California Children's Services Medical Therapy Program (CCS MTP) provides physical and occupational therapy and other services to children with medically eligible conditions from birth to age 21. The purpose of the Medical Therapy Program is to promote and develop the child’s functional skills and physical independence.
At 18 and 21 years of age, children/youth have special needs. At age 18, your child becomes an adult. At age 21, your child can no longer participate in CCS. We want to make sure we support young adults during these transition times.
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