California Children Services (CCS)

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California Children Services (CCS) is a countywide program that treats children with certain physical limitations and chronic health conditions or diseases. CCS authorizes and pays for specific medical services and equipment provided by CCS-approved specialists and has a Medical Therapy Program (MTP).

Services offered by CCS

Facilities Where this Service is Offered

About CCS

CCS is a statewide program that provides funding for treatment of children with certain physical limitations and chronic health conditions or diseases. CCS also authorizes and pays for specific medical services and equipment provided by CCS-approved specialists.

With guidance from the California Department of Health Services, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency operates the CCS program countywide. The program is funded with State, County, and federal tax money, along with some fees paid by parents. Health and Safety Code 123800 is the enabling statute for the CCS program. Welfare and Institutions Code and the California Code of Regulations (Title 22, Section 51013) mandates CCS to act as an agent of Medi-Cal.

If you or your child's doctor believes that your child might have a CCS-eligible medical condition, the program may pay for or provide a medical evaluation to determine if your child's condition is covered.

If your child is eligible, CCS may pay for or provide:

  • Treatment, hospital and surgical care, laboratory tests, X-rays, orthopedic appliances, and medical equipment
  • Medical case management to secure treatment from special doctors and care for your child when medically necessary, and referrals to other agencies, including Public Health Nursing and regional centers
  • Medical Therapy Program services, which provides physical therapy and/or occupational therapy in public schools

Medical Conditions CCS Covers

Only certain conditions are covered by CCS. In general, CCS covers medical conditions that are physically disabling or require medical, surgical, or rehabilitative services. There also may be certain criteria that determine if your child's medical condition is eligible. Listed below are eligible medical conditions that may be covered and some examples of each:

  • Conditions involving the heart (congenital heart disease)
  • Neoplasms (cancers, tumors)
  • Disorders of the blood (hemophilia, sickle cell anemia)
  • Endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic diseases (thyroid problems, phenylketonuria (PKU), diabetes)
  • Disorders of the genitourinary system (serious chronic kidney problems)
  • Disorders of the gastrointestinal system (chronic inflammatory disease, diseases of the liver)
  • Serious birth defects (cleft lip/palate, spina bifida)
  • Disorders of the sense organs (hearing loss, glaucoma, cataracts)
  • Disorders of the nervous system (cerebral palsy, uncontrolled seizures)
  • Disorders of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissues (rheumatoid arthritis, muscular dystrophy)
  • Severe disorders of the immune system (HIV infection)
  • Disabling conditions or poisonings requiring intensive care or rehabilitation (severe head, brain, or spinal cord injuries, severe burns)
  • Complications of premature birth requiring an intensive level of care
  • Disorders of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (severe hemangioma)
  • Medically handicapping malocclusion (severely crooked teeth) - Special screening criteria must be met

For more information, call 619-528-4000 or send us an email.

 

Webpage last updated 05/30/2017.