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

Children with Special Health Care Needs​


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We work to improve services and supports for children & youth with special healthcare needs in Island County. 

​​For services, please complete our Referral Form.

Available Services 

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. Public health nurses offer care coordination and support. Special needs include but are not limited to, conditions such as asthma, cleft lip and palate, and speech or language delays. 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. We provide care, referrals, and help strengthen available services and supports. 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

Children 1-21

We are currently exploring school-based healthcare, working in partnership with school districts, the Washington School-Based Healthcare Alliance, and community groups. To learn more about school-based care, check out this flyer from the Washington State Department of Health.