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California Childrens Services (CCS)

California Children's Services (CCS)

California Children’s Services (CCS) is California’s medical program for treating children with physically handicapping conditions. The program was started in 1927 and has gradually been expanded to cover most serious, life-threatening, disabling or potentially disabling conditions. This Federal, State and County supported program provides specialized medical care and rehabilitation services for eligible children whose families cannot afford all or part of the care.

Persons under 21 years of age who are residents of Lake County, have a qualifying medical condition and whose family annual income is under $40,000 (State Adjusted Gross Income) are eligible. California residents receive CCS benefits in their county of residence. Families with annual income above $40,000 may be eligible if the client’s medical expenses are expected to exceed 20% of their adjusted gross income.

Anyone can refer a child to CCS, including but not limited to: the child’s family, physician, nurse, hospital or medical specialist. Referral to CCS can be made by calling Lake County Health Services (263-5806 or 800-794-9291). Public Health staff can answer your general questions about medical eligibility. Actual medical eligibility determinations are determined by the CCS Dependent County Operations Section in Sacramento after CCS obtains medical records.

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.

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


Diagnosis and Treatment
  1. Diagnostic medical evaluations for children with strong suspicion of a CCS-eligible medical condition. There is no financial eligibility limitation for diagnostic services and can be accessed by families with incomes higher than $40,000 per year.

  2. Medical treatment services including medical and surgical care and medications to treat the CCS-eligible condition(s); physical, occupational and speech therapies; laboratory tests; x-rays; durable medical equipment, bracing, etc.; other medically necessary equipment and services.

  3. Medical case management is provided by the CCS program to help arrange medically necessary care and assist with referrals to other agencies.


Medical Therapy Program (MTP)

The Medical Therapy Program (MTP) is a special program within California Children's Services that provides physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT) and medical therapy conference (MTC) services for children who have handicapping conditions, generally due to neurological or musculoskeletal disorders. There is no financial eligibility requirement for MTP services. There may be a financial eligibility requirement for specialized equipment.

Medical rehabilitation services are provided to eligible children with certain stable or static neurological or neuromuscular conditions. Services can include medical evaluation, prescriptions for therapy, bracing, equipment, and referrals to other medical specialists for surgical or other medical treatment.

Examples of qualifying conditions for CCS and the MTP include:
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spina bifida
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Arthrogryposis
  • Osteogenesis imperfect
  • Head injuries

Other eligible children with more dynamic neurological or neuromuscular condition are seen in Special Care Centers at major medical centers and prescriptions for therapy, bracing, equipment, and medical referrals must come from the Special Care Center.
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How to Contact Us
By Phone:   (707) 995-1596
By Fax:   (707) 263-5872


Maintenance and Transportation
  1. CCS-eligible children and their families are eligible for assistance with travel expenses to CCS authorized medical care when the family is determined to need assistance, there are no other available resources, and the assistance is determined to be an essential part of the diagnostic or medical treatment plan. CCS authorizes travel assistance when the cost to the family presents a barrier to the client’s access to CCS medical care.

  2. The intent of M and T assistance is to get the client to medical appointments at an outpatient provider or hospital for admission, testing or other procedures. It is not intended to sustain a family at a hospital for the client’s entire hospital stay or pay for frequent trips to visit the client in the hospital.

  3. CCS client families must request the travel assistance in advance. In a medical emergency the request can be made on the first business day after the travel.

To apply for M&T assistance, please complete the Parent Agreement for CCS Reimbursement for Transportation, Meals and Lodging through the link below and send it to (or drop it off at):

Public Health/CCS
922 Bevins Ct.
Lakeport, CA 95453

CCS Reimbursement for Transportation, Meals and Lodging
CCS Reimbursement for Transportation, Meals and Lodging (sp)
Claim Forms
CCS M&T Parent-Caregiver-Client Claim Form
Formulario de reclamo de Mantenimiento y Transporte (M & T)
CCS M&T Provider-Inpatient Claim Form

For more information about the M & T Program
M&T Brochure (en)
The Spanish version of the M&T Brochure is pending publication.
2018 Rates
2018 Tasas de Mantenimiento y Transporte


The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules

The HIPAA Privacy Rule provides federal protections for individually identifiable health information held by covered entities and their business associates and gives patients an array of rights with respect to that information. At the same, the Privacy Rule is balanced to that it permits the disclosure of health information needed for patient care and other important purposes.

The Security Rule specifies a series of administrative, physical, and technical safeguards for covered entities and their business associates to use to assure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information.

HIPAA Privacy Form English
HIPAA Privacy Form Spanish


How to Contact Us
Lake County Health Services
CCS Program
By Phone:   (707) 263-5806
By Fax:   (707) 263-5872
By Mail   922 Bevins Ct., Lakeport, CA 95453
Map:   922 Bevins Ct., Lakeport, CA 95453
Monday-Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm