Children's Medical Program (CMP)

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The MSDH Children's Medical Program provides family-centered care coordination services for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN).

Children's Medical Program

If your child has a chronic illness or disability, we may be able to help. CMP will work with you and your health providers to arrange and organize services, as well as, identify needs and resources to improve the health and well-being of your child. Please contact us for information to determine how we may assist your child and family.

Program Vision

The goal of the program is to improve child health through the collaboration of all systems that serve children and youth with special health care needs and their families.

What is Care Coordination?

Care Coordination is a process that connects children and their caregivers with appropriate resources and services in a way to achieve the best possible outcome.

Mississippi Child Health Data

Who can qualify?

  • Children and youth with special health care needs from birth to 21 years of age.
  • Must be a Mississippi resident.
  • Must have an eligible special health care need.
  • Must complete an Intake Assessment annually.

Eligible Conditions

CYSHCN Care Coordination services work to improve systems of care for children from birth to 21 years of age with chronic medical and disabling conditions. Qualifying conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • Congenital metabolic conditions identified by newborn screening
  • Blood disorders
  • Cardiac disorders
  • Craniofacial disorders
  • Endocrine disorders
  • ENT disorders
  • Eye disorders
  • Genetic disorders
  • Malformations of organs
  • Neurological disorders
  • Orthopedic disorders

Questions and Answers

What changes have been made to the program?

  • Program does not pay for direct care services.
  • Care coordination services only will be provided to children and youth with special healthcare needs (CYSHCN).

Why did the CMP changes occur?

  • Health care delivery system has changed.
  • Care for CYSHCN is complex and requires coordination among multiple entities.
  • CYSHCN have access to specialty health care.
  • Care coordination integrates systems across agencies, organizations, and community services while remaining family-centered.

What are care coordination services?

  • Care coordination is a process that connects children and their caregivers with appropriate services and resources in a way to achieve the best possible outcome.
  • Care coordination assesses client needs, evaluates options for care, and helps build a plan of available services to meet the individual needs of the child/youth and family.
  • Coordinated service plans make the best use of the family's resources.

Do I need an application?

  • No. Beginning January 2016, an Intake Assessment replaces the CMP application.
  • Intake Assessments can be completed by phone in the MSDH Central office or at a county health department.

Will I still receive a reminder card?

  • Reminder cards are no longer sent.
  • Your Intake Assessment will be updated annually and/or as needed.

Do I have to participate if I have an application on file?

  • Participation is optional

What does my child gain from the Children's Medical Program now?

  • Care coordination is available to CYSHCN already known to local health departments.
  • The program's care coordinators will work closely with insurance providers and managed care organizations to coordinate resources, education, and information for your child and family.
  • Public health staff will work with families to maximize and coordinate services with providers, community resources, and insurance payers.
  • Uninsured individuals will be provided assistance in identifying health insurance coverage through the insurance marketplace and other resources.


To learn more about the Children’s Medical Program call toll-free at 1-800-844-0898. If you are in the Jackson area, call 601-576-7281.

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Last reviewed on May 11, 2016

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