Children With Special Health Care Needs Program (CSHCN)

Through the Children with Special Health Care Needs program, assistance is given to families in finding appropriate community resources. Families are referred to community or state agencies to help them access health insurance and/or services for their children with special needs. Follow-up is offered to check on the need for further assistance. Outreach is provided within the community, including various community agencies, medical offices, daycare centers, preschools, and health fairs regarding services for children with special needs.

Please call us at 607.778.2851 for more information. You will also find useful information in the links below.

Helpful Links

The NYS Dept. of Health Division of Family Health is conducting a statewide needs assessment to inform their Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant program. This program focuses on improving the health and well-being of mothers, children (including children with special health care needs), and families. They would appreciate feedback and recommendations from people across the state. Please help by clicking this link to complete the  survey before November 30th. Thank you! Public Survey

Children with Special Health Care Needs Program Survey

  • Family Satisfaction Survey - The Broome County and New York State Health Departments would like to hear from you regarding the assistance you received from the CSHCN program. This survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. Your feedback is very important to us, and will remain confidential.
  • Family Satisfaction Survey - En Espanol

NYS Department of Health Resources

  • Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Program - Information regarding community resources for Developmental Disability, Family Support, Mental Health, and Transition from Adolescence to Independence
  • Resource Directory for Children and Young Adults with Special Health Care Needs - Available in English / Chinese / French / Italian / Korean / Polish / Russian / Spanish
  • NYS Early Intervention Program - Offers a variety of therapeutic and support services to eligible infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families
  • Developmental Disabilities - Early Intervention Program, NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council - State agencies who assist individuals with developmental delays or disabilities and their families
  • Family Support - State agencies that offer family support services
  • Mental Health - State agencies that offer mental health services
  • New York State Parent Guide - Parent guide for children and their caregivers: Starting life together - the story of the first five years of your parenting journey. Whether you are a mother or father (through birth, adoption, or foster care), a grandparent, partner, family friend, aunt or uncle with parenting responsibilities, what you say and do in your role as a parent matters.


  • Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network - Facilitated Enrollment for Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus and Medicaid
  • New York Medicaid Waiver - Medicaid waivers help provide services to people who would otherwise be in a nursing home or hospital to receive long-term care in the community, including those with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, and Autism

Health Care

Child Development

  • Broome County Early Intervention Program - The Early Intervention Program is a statewide program that provides many different types of services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. Early Help Makes a Difference!
  • Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! - A coordinated effort to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support for the families and providers who care for them



Special Education

Helpful Community Organizations and Services

  • Birthright of Binghamton - Provides a variety of services and also refers for many more; free pregnancy tests and support
  • Boys and Girls Club of Binghamton
  • Broome County Children and Family Services - Broome County Child and Family Services Plan and Forum, Daycare Unit, Family Services Unit, Central Intake Unit, Protective Services for Adults
  • Broome County Dental Society - Represents more than 145 dentists in th Broome County area
  • BroomeINCLUDES
  • Broome County Health Department - Links to: Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, Clinic Services & Disease Control, Environmental Health, Maternal Child Health & Development, WIC, Children with Special Needs, Emergency Preparedness, Broome Opioid Abuse Council, Research and Publications
  • Broome County Department of Social Services - Assistance and support programs for children and families
  • Broome County Lead Primary Prevention Program - Through a grant from NY State, this program is able to help local property owners identify potential lead hazards in their properties, and aid them in correcting the hazards in a lead-safe way
  • Building Brighter Futures for Broome  
  • Caring 4 Our Kids - For parents of kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia
  • CHOW - Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse
  • Code Enforcement - City of Binghamton
  • Code Enforcement - Johnson City
  • Code Enforcement - Town of Union
  • Code Enforcement - Town of Vestal
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • CreateABLE - Life is Washable: provides programming designed to complement services and support for individuals and families with a special needs diagnosis, creating opportunities for all to be ABLE to connect in their communities
  • Crime Victims Assistance Center - Compassionate support and education, enhancing the community's ability to prevent and respond to victims of crime
  • Family and Community Engagement Centers of the South Region
    • Early Childhood - provides information, referral and support to families and professionals working with children, both typically developing and those with special education needs, ages birth through five
    • School Age - building effective partnerships between schools, communities and families of children with special needs
  • Family & Children's Society - Provides help, care and counseling services for people in all stages of life
  • Family Enrichment Network - Supportive services for the optimal development of children and families
  • Family Planning of South Central NY
  • Family Resource Network- Offers the programs and services that help parents do their best possible job while offering unique learning and growth opportunities for kids, teens and adults alike
  • FEMA - Designed to educate Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters
  • HCA - A non-profit organization that provides progams and services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families
  • Healthy Families New York - services include helping families access community resources and services, educating families on parenting and child development, connecting families with medical providers, and assessing children for developmental delays
  • Institute for Child Development - To help excel children in our community challenged by developmental and learning disorders
  • Life's Choices - So you think you might be what?
  • Mom's House - Celebrating Life and Empowering Parents Through Education and Child Care
  • OPWDD - Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
  • Opportunities for Broome - Assists individuals and families with services that include emergency assistance, advocacy, early education, and safe and affordable housing
  • Parent-to-Parent of NYS - Addressing special health care needs in the IEP
  • Parents and Children Together (PACT) - A Parents As Teachers home visiting program that offers services, from pregnancy until the child reaches age five, to families living in Broome and Tioga Counties
  • RISE - Assists families who experience or a threated with domestic violence
  • Rural Health Network - The health and well-being of rural people and communities
  • Salvation Army
  • Social Security Administration
  • Southern Tier Independence Center - a not-for-profit, community-based advocacy and service organization for children and adults with all types of disabilities
  • Women, Infants and Children - Health assessments, breastfeeding support, nutrition education and counseling, as well as referrals and vouchers for healthy foods to pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, infants and children up to age five
  • YMCA - Programs for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility
  • YWCA - Services for women, including housing, cancer screening, child care and clothing for job interviews