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Children’s Special Services (CSS)

Children’s Special Services (CSS)

To apply for any of the following services, please click HERE.

The Children’s Special Services program supports children and youth with conditions that require support and services beyond those of their typically developing peers. Eligible conditions include developmental disabilities in addition to chronic health conditions. CSS staff consists of Registered Nurses and clerical support located in 12 DHS offices around the State of Arkansas.

CSS provides care coordination services (case management) to support families of children and youth in accessing community-based, family-centered, culturally sensitive services which will assist children with special health care needs to reach their maximum potential. Arkansas’ CSS program’s goals are:

  • To assist families in accessing sufficient health care services
  • To assist families with transition from pediatric to adult systems of care.

CSS serves children and youth from birth to age 21, with a long term physical or developmental condition. Some examples include:

  • Asthma, Diabetes, Sickle Cell Anemia, Cystic Fibrosis, childhood cancers, and heart disease
  • Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Hearing impairment and limited vision impairments
  • Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy and
  • Many other health conditions

Learn more about CSS services here.

Case Management/Care Coordination

DDS Children’s Special Services provides case management/care coordination for children birth to 21 years of age.  CSS Care Coordinators will provide individuals and their families with information about the array of services that are available in their community and assist with referrals and applications for those services.

Children’s Special Services Family Support/Respite Program

This Title V Program is available to SSI and TEFRA recipients under age 18 on a first come first served basis based on need and financial eligibility. With approval of the application, families are eligible for up to $3,000.  Title V does not have a registry of certified respite providers.

Parent Advisory Council

The Parent Advisory Council meets four times a year and provides input and guidance on issues related to the Children’s Special Services program staff.

Other Important Information for Children’s Special Services

Children’s Special Services (CSS) Supervisor List

Bright Futures

TitleTypePosted Date
Bright Futures Parent Handout Early Adolescent Visits – SpanishPDF
Bright Futures Patient Handout Early Adolescent Visits – SpanishPDF
Bright Futures Parent Handout Early Adolescent VisitsPDF
Bright Futures Patient Handout Early Adolescent VisitsPDF
Bright Futures – Positive Parenting Tips – Young Teens (12-14)PDF09/21/2020

Information & Forms

TitleTypePosted Date
Arkansas Disability CoalitionPDF
Title V CSHCN Application – SpanishPDF
Sometimes FRIENDS NEED HELP – BrochurePDF
Title V CSHCN Application Info Sheet – SpanishPDF
Children’s Special Services (CSS) InfographicPDF11/04/2021
Children’s Special Services (CSS) Infographic (Español)PDF11/04/2021
Children’s Special Services (CSS) Program BrochurePDF11/04/2021
Children’s Special Services (CSS) Program Brochure (Español)PDF11/04/2021
CSS Guidelines for ParentsDOCX1/01/2024
CSS Guidelines for Parents (Español)DOCX11/04/2021
CSS Guidelines for ProfessionalsDOCX11/04/2021
What You Need To Know About Your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) When You Turn 18PDF07/30/2020
Title V CSHCN Application PacketPDF10/24/2019

Transition Readiness

TitleTypePosted Date
Transition Readiness Changing Roles for Families – SpanishDOCX
Transition Readiness Changing Roles for FamiliesDOCX
Transition Readiness Changing Roles for Youth – SpanishDOCX
Transition Readiness Changing Roles for YouthDOCX
Transition Readiness – Complex Medical Needs Transition ChecklistDOCX
Title V Health Care Transition Protocol Children’s Special Services (Español)DOCX11/05/2021
Title V Health Care Transition Protocol Children’s Special ServicesDOCX11/05/2021