Care Connection for Children

Care Connection for Children is a statewide network of centers of excellence for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) that provide leadership in the enhancement of specialty medical services; care coordination; medical insurance benefits evaluation and coordination; management of the CYSHCN Pool of Funds; information and referral to CYSHCN resources; family-to-family support; and training and consultation with community providers on CYSHCN issues.


  • Birth to 21 years of age
  • Virginia Resident

Physical Eligibility
Children with special health care needs who have disorders that:

  • Have a physical basis
  • Have lasted, or are expected to last, at least 12 months; and produce one or more of the following:
    • Need for health care and ancillary services over and above the usual for the child's age, or for special ongoing treatments, interventions, or accommodation at home or school
    • Limitation in function, activities, or social role in comparison with healthy age peers in the general areas of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social growth and development;
    • Dependency on one of the following to compensate for, or minimize limitation of, function, activities, or social role: medications, special diet, medical technology, assistive devices or personal assistance.

Financial Eligibility (Required only for those seeking assistance from the CSHCN Pool of Funds)

The funds assist with payment of certain services such as medications, diagnostic testing, therapies, durable medical equipment, and hospitalizations.
A limited amount of money is available to assist those who are:

  • Uninsured or underinsured
  • Whose families have gross family income at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Level

Preauthorization is required for the use of CSHCN Pool of Funds

Emergency Preparedness Resources for People with Special Health Care Needs or Disabilities

Medical Transition for Youth with Special Needs or Disabilities: