News and Announcements

Para ver esta página en español

General Information

Mosquito Repellent is a Covered Program Benefit

Effective February 12, 2018 the Children with Special Healthcare Needs (CSHCN) Services Program will add mosquito repellent as a covered drug benefit for eligible clients. This benefit will run continuously year-round. Prescriptions are required.

The Program will cover the cost of mosquito repellent for eligible women and girls ages 10-55, pregnant women of any age, and males 14 and older. Up to two cans per month are allowed: only one (1) can/bottle may be dispensed per fill, with one (1) optional refill available per calendar month.

Clients or families can call their health care provider to ask for a prescription. The prescribing physician may call it in to the client’s pharmacy. Clients must pick it up at the pharmacy and present their CSHCN Services Program Notice of Eligibility. Office visits should only be scheduled if there is a medical necessity.

Clients with questions may call the TMHP-CSHCN Call Center toll free at 1-877-888-2350.

The mosquito repellent benefit is also offered in the following Texas programs:

  • Medicaid

  • Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

  • CHIP-Perinatal

  • Healthy Texas Women

  • Family Planning Program

  • Title V Maternal and Child Health Fee-for-Service (FFS) Program

Please check with each program for eligibility requirements, as they are not the same for all programs.

To learn more about Zika, visit or

Cystic Fibrosis Family Education Day in San Antonio

The University Health System is hosting a free event to discuss the topics of nutrition, exercise, and coping skills for families of people with cystic fibrosis (CF). There will be door prizes, and complimentary breakfast and lunch.

Who is invited? Caregivers of people with CF

Where? University Health System at the Robert B. Green Campus, 5th floor, Foundation Room. 903 W. Martin Street, San Antonio, TX 78207.

When? Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

RSVP: Call (201) 358-3625 or email Denise Flores at by June 16, 2017. Seating is limited.

Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) Annual Conference

The 2017 Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) annual conference will focus on inclusion, diversity, and non-traditional partnerships. Maternal and child health professionals will have the opportunity to attend sessions that will encourage cross-agency collaboration to advance pediatric medical home implementation at the state and local level.
Learn more about the conference

Emergency Readiness Toolkit

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center worked with an advisory committee of parents of children with special needs to create a curriculum that increases preparedness knowledge and allows for successful emergency planning. The curriculum includes a toolkit, tip sheets, and a template for a personal emergency plan. There are also resources on sharing information about a child’s unique needs with first responders. 
View the toolkit

Including People with Disabilities: Public Health Workforce Competencies

The Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) has developed a new resource that outlines recent advances in knowledge and practice skills needed by public health professionals for including people with disabilities in the core public health functions – Assessment, Policy Development and Assurance. 
View the resource

Innovations in Supporting Families Webinar

The National Community of Practice for Supporting Families of Individuals with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities recently presented a webinar on Life Course in Action: Implementation at All Levels in Missouri. The webinar has been archived as a series of videos demonstrating implementation of life course tools at the individual and family, professional, organizational, community, and systems levels.
View archived videos

Funding Opportunity: Pregnancy in Women with Disabilities

The National Institutes of Health have announced a funding opportunity to encourage research project grants investigating the incidence, course and outcomes of pregnancy among women with disabilities. Applicants are encouraged to include women with disabilities and members of the community in the design and conduct of their research. 
View more information

2017 Cross-Discipline Trauma Conference of Central Texas

This two day conference in Austin, TX May 11-12, 2017 will bring together mental health clinicians, physicians, school personnel, medical/nursing professionals, law enforcement, juvenile justice professionals, and occupational/physical therapists. The conference will provide expert guidance, education and continuing education units on the effects of trauma, as well as evidence-based practices in recognizing and treating trauma. 
Learn more and register

Family Stories Photography Project

The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health recently family photo essays from a photography project that documents the lives of families who have children with disabilities or chronic medical conditions. Families are also invited to share their own stories on the project webpage.
View the stories

Navigate Life Texas Regional Pages

The Navigate Life Texas Regional Pages include blog articles with facts and tips as well as local events, services and organizations and support groups.
Visit the site

Medical Home Information

Shared Plan of Care: A Tool to Support CSHCN & Families

The National Center for Medical Home Implementation and the National Academy for State Health Policy have published a new fact sheet including recommendations for content to include in a plan and examples of templates and tools. This resource is intended for use by clinicians, families, providers and state agencies.
View the fact sheet

Cultural and Linguistic Competence Health Practitioner Assessment

The National Center for Cultural Competence has developed a self-guided tool to improve delivery of culturally competent services for diverse populations. Clinicians who complete the self-assessment will receive a report with professional development and educational resources related to cultural and linguistic competence.   
View the tool

Clinical Report: Recognition and Management of Medical Complexity

The American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Children with Disabilities has released a Clinical Report that describes children with medical complexity and provides strategies to optimize medical and health outcomes for this sub-population of children with special health care needs.      
View the report

Thinking Outside the Box: How to Advance Health Equity and Care Quality in the Pediatric Medical Home

This three part recorded webinar series from the National Center for Medical Home Implementation provides pediatric clinicians, Title V programs, families and other stakeholders with tools, resources, and strategies to enhance the patient and family experience in the pediatric medical home. This includes but is not limited to the experience of diverse, vulnerable and medically underserved populations.
View webinar recordings and materials

Coordinating Care for Kids – School Nurses Linking with the Medical Home

This recorded webinar provides practical examples and resources on how school nurses, community-based clinicians, and other providers can implement care coordination successfully. School nurses, a family physician and a pediatrician share experiences and approaches to care coordination with a focus on collaboration. 
View the webinar recording and materials

Medical Home Toolkit

The Texas Parent to Parent Medical Home Toolkit includes resources detailing what a medical home is, how to become a parent partner in the doctor’s office, a medical home checklist, questions to ask when choosing a doctor, and much more. All components of the Medical Home Toolkit are free and available for download on the Texas Parent to Parent webpage.
Download the toolkit

National Center for Care Coordination Technical Assistance

The mission of the National Center for Care Coordination Technical Assistance (NCCCTA) is to support the promotion, implementation and evaluation of care coordination activities and measures in child health across the United States. Tools, resources, and technical assistance are available on the care coordination webpage of National Center for Medical Home Implementation website within the technical assistance and support section.
Learn more about NCCCTA

The Care Coordination Conundrum

The Catalyst Center, with support from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, has published a report on the provision and financing of care coordination. The Care Coordination Conundrum and Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs is available for download on the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health website.
Read the report

Medical Home Education Modules for Pediatric Residency Programs

A series of five case-based, educational modules on key medical home principles for pediatric residency programs are now available from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Modules are intended to be incorporated into existing curriculum by residency program directors and faculty. The modules educate residents about characteristics and benefits of the patient- and family-centered medical home, care coordination, care planning, transition to adult care and team-based care.
Read the report

Transition Information

ACCEPT (Allies Cultivating Change by Empowering Positive Transformation)

ACCEPT is a group of youth and young adults ages 13-25 from across Texas who work together for system transformation by supporting partnerships between youth, young adults, and organizations. Members use their lived experience and that of their peers to help inform and drive system improvements. ACCEPT is currently recruiting a diverse group of youth who are committed to helping in these transformation efforts. This is also a great leadership opportunity for youth to represent communities and organizations. All youth and young adults are invited to apply. Please feel free to share this information with any coworkers, agencies, or youth who might be interested. Applications should be submitted to David McClung at

Online Continuing Medical Education (CME) Course on Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition

The Health Care Transition for Adolescents and Young Adults CME course is sponsored by the Health Services for Children with Special Needs, the National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health/Got Transition, and the District of Columbia Department of Health. This is an hour long course that presents the experiences of pediatric, family medicine, and internal medicine leaders from DC who piloted the Six Core Elements as part of a transition learning collaborative.
Register for the course

Got Transition Frequently Asked Questions Now Available in Spanish 

Got Transition has updated their website to include the Spanish translation of Frequently Asked Questions for youth and families to learn about the transition to adulthood and the Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition. The English version of this resource can be viewed by clicking on the “Youth & Families” section of

View the resource in Spanish

Toolkit for Primary Care Providers: Health Care for Adults with IDD

Tools developed by the Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Initiative (DDPCI) in Ontario, Canada have been incorporated into a new online toolkit for primary care providers by the Vanderbilt Kentucky Center for Research on Human Development and partner organizations.  The toolkit includes topics of general primary care issues, physical health issues, health watch tables and behavioral and mental health issues.
Access the toolkit

Neurologists Endorse Role in Supporting Transition to Adult Health Care

The Child Neurology Foundation has issued a consensus statement indicating that neurologists should take a leadership role in planning youth and young adult patients’ transitions to adult care, and in helping establish care coordination among health care, educational, vocational and community service providers. The statement outlines eight principles that neurologists should consider.   
Read the statement

The resources provided are for informational purposes. The Children with Special Health Care Needs Services Program is not responsible for their content.

External email links are provided to you as a courtesy. Please be advised that you are not emailing the Texas Department of Health State Health Services (DSHS) and DSHS policies do not apply should you choose to correspond.

Send comments or report broken links by e-mail to CSHCN Services Program.

Last updated February 13, 2018