CSHCS Mission Statement: "CSHCS strives to enable individuals with special health care needs to have improved health outcomes and an enhanced quality of life through the appropriate use of the CSHCS system of care."

CSHCS is a state of Michigan program that serves children, and some adults, with special healthcare needs. CSHCS covers more than 2,700 medical diagnoses. CSHCS is not a separate insurance, but it can cover some services not covered by Meridian if the service is related to the condition for which you/your child are/is enrolled.

CSHCS Eligibility:

  • Must be a resident of Michigan
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, documented non-citizen admitted for permanent residence, or non-citizen legally admitted migrant farm worker
  • Must be under 21 years old, but those 21 and older with cystic fibrosis or certain blood coagulation disorders may also qualify
  • Must be receiving treatment for one of the 2,700 medical diagnoses identified by the state of Michigan

If you think you/your child are/is eligible for CSHCS, contact your provider, local health department or Meridian.

CSHCS and Care Coordination

Once enrolled in CSHCS, we will assign a specially trained Care Coordinator to help you/your child access services and build your/your child's personalized plan of care. Some of these services include:

  • Connecting members with CSHCS-attested primary care providers who provide family-centered care and have experience managing complex health conditions
  • Working with your local health department and other community supports to connect your family to resources
  • Help with navigating the healthcare system, including assistance with obtaining prior authorizations and durable medical equipment
  • Educational information about your/your child’s health condition
  • Creating a personal plan of care
  • Transitioning to adulthood

If you have questions, you can reach your/your child's Care Coordinator at 888-437-0606.

Additional Benefits for Meridian Enrollees with CSHCS

Help from your local health department

  • Community resources: schools, community mental health, respite care, financial support, childcare, Early On, and the Women Infants and Children program (WIC)
  • Transitioning to adulthood

Help from the Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

  • CSHCS family phone line: a toll-free phone number (800-359-3722) available Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Parent-to-parent support network
  • Parent/professional training programs
  • Financial help to go to conferences about CSHCS medical conditions

Help from the Children's Special Needs Fund (CSN)

The CSN Fund helps CSHCS families get items not covered by Medicaid or CSHCS. To see if you qualify for help from the CSN Fund, call 517-241-7420 or review the website and application at www.michigan.gov/csnfund. The CSN Fund can provide assistance for the following pieces of equipment:

  • Wheelchair ramps
  • Van lifts and tie downs
  • Therapeutic tricycles
  • Air conditioners
  • Adaptive recreational equipment
  • Electrical service upgrades for eligible equipment

Meals, Lodging and Transportation

  • Meridian provides meal assistance for members and families for inpatient stays and outpatient appointments
  • Meridian provides lodging ($75 per night) when traveling for medical appointments
  • To schedule meals and lodging, contact the social worker at the hospital and he/she will submit an authorization to Meridian. If the facility does not have a social worker, ask your provider's office to submit an authorization
  • For questions about meals and lodging, contact Meridian at 888-437-0606
  • Meridian provides transportation services, including rides and gas mileage reimbursement
  • For questions about transportation, call Meridian at 888-437-0606. To schedule transportation, contact our transportation department at 800-821-9369

Contact Information:

Meridian: 888-437-0606

Transportation: 800-821-9369

Healthy Living Medical Supply: 866-779-8512

Pharmacy: 866-984-6462

For more information regarding the management or prevention of a variety of diseases or conditions, visit Meridian's CSHCS Education and Information or review our Member Newsletters.