Administered by: Bureau of Maternal and Child Health

UIC Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) is the Title V program for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) in Illinois. Through a statewide system of 13 regional offices, care coordinators assist families with children (birth to 21 years of age) that meet medical eligibility criteria to access services the children need. While the need most often addressed is access to specialty medical care, the care coordinators also assist families with information about diagnosis and treatment, how to use their health insurance benefits, how to advocate for their child in the various service systems (education, social service, health, etc.), referral to various community resources and state programs, planning for transition to adult services, and parent-to-parent support opportunities.

DSCC's Core program provides financial assistance to medically and financially eligible children who may be uninsured or underinsured to receive specialty medical care for the eligible condition. Families are required to use the public and/or private insurance available to them. A child must have, or be suspected of having, a treatable chronic condition in one of the following categories to be medically eligible for services: orthopedic conditions; heart defects; hearing loss; neurological conditions; certain birth defects; disfiguring defects such as cleft lip, cleft palate, and severe burn scars; speech conditions requiring medical/dental treatment; hemophilia or cystic fibrosis.

DSCC also provides case management for the Home and Community Based Services Medicaid Waiver for children who are medically fragile or technology dependent. These children usually require shift nursing care and other supports that are not usually available in the Medicaid plan, such as respite, electrical modifications, ramps/lifts, and other specialized medical equipment not otherwise covered. The Department of Healthcare and Family Services administers this program and make all decisions regarding eligibility and approval of the service plan.


For more information: UIC Division of Specialized Care for Children