Kansas Special Health Care Needs (SHCN) Program

The Unified Government Health Department is a satellite office and provides application assistance and care coordination services by a Public Health Nurse for the following counties: Wyandotte, Leavenworth and Jefferson.

The Kansas Special Health Care Needs (SHCN) program provides specialty medical services to infants, children and youth up to age 21 who have eligible medical conditions and persons of all ages with metabolic or genetic conditions screened through the Newborn Screening Program.


All services must be prior authorized and based upon financial eligibility. Additional information about services and financial guidelines can be found at kdheks.gov/shcn.

  • One-time diagnostic evaluation
    • For individuals under 21 years of age who are at risk or suspected of having a significant medical disability or condition.
  • Treatment services
  • Care coordination services
  • Special Bequest

Who is eligible for Special Health Care Needs?

  • Kansas residents.
  • Meets the age requirements (based upon diagnosed condition).
  • Diagnosis meets medical eligibility.
  • Meets financial eligibility.

How much does Special Health Care Needs cost?

Services are provided at no cost to you.

Kansas State Statute (K.S.A)

Chapter # Chapter Title Article # Article Title Section(s)
65 Public Health 5a Children with Special
Health Care Needs