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Island County > Public Health > Community & Family Health > Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Children with Special Health Care Needs​


This program provides referrals and coordination of services for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). Special needs include but are not limited to, conditions such as asthma, cleft lip and palate, and speech or language delays. Children & youth with special healthcare needs are children from birth to 21 years of age who have, or are at increased risk of, physical or developmental conditions. Services are free of charge to Island County residents. We also focus on building community capacity, working in partnership with local organizations and community groups.

CYSHCN Services may be accessed by telephone or a home visit. The public health nurse can:
  • Assess a child’s needs
  • Refer a child to services
  • ​Work with agencies to provide assistance