Children with Special Healthcare Needs
Arkansas Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics
The Definition of CYSHCN:
Children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) are defined by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) as:.
“those who have or are at increased risk for a chronic physical, development, behavioral, or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally”
This definition is broad and inclusive, and it emphasizes the characteristics held in common by children with a wide range of diagnoses.