California Children’s Services

If your child has a life threatening or disabling medical condition that meets program eligibility criteria, this program may be able to provide financial assistance for medical services and coordinate health care services. Services include physical and occupational therapy, financial assistance, case management and access to specialized medical care. Your child must be under 21 years of age, family income must meet certain eligibility guidelines and only certain eligible conditions are covered.


  • Age: Your child must be under 21 years of age.
  • Residency: Your child must be a permanent resident of the California County where you apply. County of employment does not qualify for application.
  • Income: Your family income must be less than $40,000 per year, according to the adjusted gross income on your California income taxes. A child whose family has a higher income may receive services if the estimated cost of medical care in one year is expected to exceed 20 percent of the family income. If your child has full scope Medi-Cal with no Share of Cost, the family income can exceed $40,000. State regulations require families to apply for Medi-Cal when they are requesting medical coverage to pay for hospitalizations, medical provider appointments, medications and/or durable medical equipment or supplies from the California Children's Services (CCS) program.
  • Only certain medical conditions are eligible for CCS. In general, CCS covers medical conditions that are physically disabling or require medical, surgical or rehabilitative services. If there is adequate medical documentation to suggest an eligible medical condition, your child may qualify for free diagnostic services, including examinations, laboratory tests and X-rays.
  • Find a list of medical conditions that are generally eligible for the CCS program.

Applying for the Program

Please contact the CCS Program to apply, by calling County of Lake Health Services at (707) 263-5806 or visiting County of Lake Health Services Department at 922 Bevins Court, Lakeport, California. 

CCS Program Application English (PDF)

Solicitud del Programa de CCS Spanish (PDF)


Anyone may refer a child to CCS, including but not limited to:

  •  Child’s family,
  • Physician, 
  • Nurse, 
  • Hospital, 
  • Medical specialist.

Referral to CCS can be made by calling Lake County Health Services 707-263-5806 (CCS Office) or 800-794-9291 (Public Health Reception). CCS staff can answer your general questions about medical eligibility. Actual medical eligibility determinations are determined by the Department of Health Care Services Integrated Systems of Care Division in Sacramento, CA.

Children with Medi-Cal and an eligible CCS medical condition are usually eligible for CCS case management and other services not covered by Medi-Cal only. Children covered by private health insurance may also be eligible for CCS services. Some families may be required to pay a small fee, based on their income. County CCS Programs collaborate with Medi Cal Managed Care Plans in Whole Child Model Counties.

CCS eligibility must be determined and services authorized before care can be covered by CCS, except in some emergencies.

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