California Children's Services (CCS)

About California Children's Services

California Children's Services (CCS) is a statewide program that arranges, directs, and pays for medical care, equipment, and rehabilitation, when these services are authorized by the program. Services can be authorized for children and young adults less than 21 years of age who have eligible medical conditions and whose families are unable to pay for all or part of their care.

CCS defines eligibility and selects the most qualified professionals to treat the child's CCS-eligible condition. However, it is important for you to know that CCS is not a health insurance program. It will not meet all of the child's health needs, only those related to the CCS-eligible condition.

The Medical Therapy Program (MTP) is a coordinated program of medically necessary physical and occupational therapy services provided to medically eligible children. These services are provided in the Medical Therapy Units (MTUs) located at certain public schools. Therapy may help your child to be independent in such areas as getting around, getting in and out of a wheelchair, walking, feeding, dressing, staying clean and neat, and home skills.

  1. Child Eligibility
  2. Medical Conditions Covered
  3. Services Provided
  4. Resources

Your child may be eligible if he/she meets all four of the following requirements:

  • Age: Your child must be under 21 years of age.
  • Residence: Your child must be a permanent resident of the California county where you apply. Your child's residence is usually where you live.
  • Income: If your child is not already enrolled in Medi-Cal or the Healthy Families Program, your income must be less than $40,000 per year, according to the adjusted gross income on you California income taxes. A child may be eligible when the family income is more than $40,000 if medical care for the child's CCS condition is expected to cost the family more than 20 percent of the family's yearly income. If your child is adopted and has a CCS eligible conditions at the time of adoption, your income will not matter. There is no financial eligibility requirement for CCS diagnostic services or the CCS Medical Therapy program.
  • Medical Conditions: Only certain conditions are eligible for CCS. In general, CCS covers medical conditions that are physically disabling or require medical, surgical, or rehabilitative services.