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The California Children's Services program goals are:
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This federal and state tax-supported program provides specialized medical care and rehabilitation services for children whose families cannot provide all or part of the care. Children with commercial (private) health insurance may or may not be eligible for some services depending upon their insurance plan. California's medical program for treating children with physically disabling conditions was started by The California Legislature in 1927. Many life threatening or disabling conditions are eligible for benefits under the CCS program. For more information, contact us at 707-263-5806
The program is available to California residents:
The Medical Therapy Program is located currently at Konocti Education Center. Financial eligibility is not a factor in qualifying for therapeutic services at the Medical Therapy Unit. For more information, contact 707-995-1596.
You should apply for the CCS program at the local CCS office in the county where you reside. This does not include the county where you are employed. This office can be contacted by phone for assistance. Your county CCS office can tell you if your child may be eligible for the CCS program. CCS eligibility must be determined before services can be covered by CCS. For more information, contact us at 707-263-5806
The Lake County CCS office will consider your child's medical condition as well as the family's residential and financial status to determine CCS eligibility. This is accomplished by completing the necessary application forms and providing the required documentation. Based on this information and completed paperwork the CCS program will approve or deny your application. For more information, contact us at 707-263-1090
Your child might be eligible for the CCS program even though you have private health insurance coverage, depending on the extent of coverage. If your child is a CCS applicant/client and has individual or group private health insurance coverage, you must report it to the county CCS office and to the child's health care provider. For more information, contact us at 707-263-5806
Per state regulations:
Some families may be required to pay an annual assessment fee and/or annual enrollment fee. These fees are used to help cover the cost of treatment, processing applications, telephoning hospitals, physicians and other caregivers, mailing authorizations to these caregivers, and coordinating care with the CCS agencies. All these services are provided by the CCS program to ensure that clients receive the best care possible from approved physicians and specialists who provide medical care to children. The annual assessment fee is $20 and the annual enrollment fee is calculated based on income and family size. For more information, contact us at 707-263-5806
Applicants/clients or families applying for the CCS program whose incomes exceed 100 percent of the federal poverty level are required to pay the annual assessment fee unless they are determined by the county CCS office to be exempt from paying the fee. For more information, contact us at 707-263-5806
Applicants/clients or families with full Medi-cal benefits without a monthly share of cost
If a family is unable to pay the full fee because of undue hardship, the family may ask for reconsideration in writing. Undue hardship means, for example, the family now has either less income due to unemployment or change in job; or, unavoidable expenses that reduce the ability to pay. The county may then reduce or waive the fee. The family may formally appeal a county's decision and should ask the county how to file an appeal under CCS regulations. For more information, contact us at 707-263-5806
Anyone may refer a child to CCS; Public health/school nurses, other agencies, or the family itself may refer to CCS to determine if the child has an approved CCS medically eligible condition. Complete referral information includes the name of the family physician and contact information.
Most children are referred by the family physician, specialist, hospital, or Medi-Cal Managed Care Plan. The physician, hospital or Managed Care Plan can supply important medical information necessary in making the CCS medical eligibility determination and may also participate in the child's CCS treatment program.
For more information, contact us at 707-263-5806.