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California Childrens Services (CCS)

California Children Services (CCS) is California's medical program for treating children with physical handicapping conditions. The program was started in 1927 and is one of the programs administered by the Lake County Public Health Department. Most handicapping conditions are eligible for benefits under the CCS program. This tax supported program provides specialized medical care and rehabilitation for children whose families cannot provide all or part of the care.


Persons under 21 years of age who are residents of Lake County and have a handicapping medical condition that is eligible for care under CCS and whose family annual income is under $40,000 (State adjusted gross income). California residents receive CCS benefits in their county of residence. Families with income above $40,000 may be eligible if medical expences exceed 20% of their income.

Services Provided

  1. Free diagnostic evaluations for children suspected of having one of the CCS eligible medical conditions.
  2. Treatment services including medical and surgical care; pharmaceutical; physical, occupational and speech therapies; laboratory tests; X-rays; appliances; equipment and other needed services.
  3. Medically necessary physical and occupational therapies are provided either in medical therapy units located in schools or vendored to physical therapists or occupational therapists.
  4. Medical case management is also provided by the CCS program, including referrals to medical specialists and centers; follow up with others involved with the care of the child such as schools, public health/school nurses, social workers and other agencies; transferring medical records; locating new facilities and services when families move; and assisting the family to cope with the child's condition. Anyone may refer a child to CCS, included but not limited to- the child's family, physician, nurse, hospital or specialist. Referral to CCS, or application for CCS services, can be made by calling Lake County Public Health. Public Health staff can also answer your general questions about medical eligibility; actual medical eligibility determinations are made after CCS obtains and reviews 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. Children covered by private health insurance may also be eligible for the CCS program. Some families may be required to pay a small fee, based on their income. CCS eligibility must be determined and services authorized before services can be covered by CCS, except for emergencies.
  5. Emergency Information Form for People with Special Needs


Lake County Health Services
Fax: 707-263-5872
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
922 Bevins Ct. Lakeport CA 95453