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Services: California Children's Services (CCS)


California Children’s Services (CCS)

California Children’s Services (CCS) is a tax supported statewide program that helps children and young adults up to 21 years old who have certain medical conditions. Services include arranging, directing, and paying for medical care, occupational and physical therapy, equipment, and rehabilitation.

CCS is not a health insurance plan. It will only cover CCS eligible conditions and not all of a child’s health care needs. There are also certain financial requirements for some of the services provided.


  • Diagnostic Evaluations: If a child appears to have a CCS eligible condition, but there is no medical documentation of the condition, the CCS program can pay for a diagnostic evaluation to determine eligibility
  • Funding for Medical Treatment Services which are needed for the child’s CCS eligible condition including: medical, dental and surgical care, medicine, physical and occupational therapy, lab tests, X-rays, braces, and durable medical equipment
  • Medical Therapy Program (MTP) Children who need physical and/or occupational therapy for eligible medical conditions can receive therapy in Medical Therapy Units (MTUs) located throughout the county
  • Medical Case Management: referrals, follow-up,
  • transferring medical records, helping to locate new facilities and services when families move, and assisting the family to cope with the child’s condition

Who is Eligible

Anyone who meets the following conditions may be eligible:

  • Age: Under 21 years of age AND
  • Residence: Permanent resident of San Mateo County AND
  • Medical condition: Has a physically disabling medical condition that is eligible for care under CCS AND
  • Income: The family’s income is less than $40,000 a year (State adjusted gross income-AGI)

A child whose family’s income is over $40,000 may still be eligible if:

  • He or she has full-scope Medi-Cal or Healthy Families OR
  • the estimated cost of medical care related to CCS eligible medical condition for current year is expected to be more than 20% of the family’s adjusted gross income OR
  • the child was adopted with a known CCS eligible medical condition

Exceptions: Medical Therapy Program Services, diagnostic services, high-risk infant follow-up, and the children’s HIV program do not have a financial eligibility requirement.

How to Apply

Applications for California Children’s Services are available in English and Spanish at the California Department of Health Care Services website. Completed applications should be returned to California Children’s Services, 8​01 Gateway Blvd. Ste. 400, South San Francisco, CA 94080.

Area Served

San Mateo County

Fees Charged

Fees are assessed by CCS Benefit Analyst after Medical Eligibility has been determined. If you have MediCal or Healthy Families or only receive MediCal Therapy Program Services there will be no fees assessed.


Medical Home Binder
Summer Camp and Activity Guide
Bay Area Fun for Families

Transition Packet

CCS Client Letter Age 17 (English)
CCS Parent Letter Age 17 (English)
CCS Client Letter Age 18 (English)
CCS Parent Letter Age 18 (English)
CCS Adult Declaration Form Authorization to disclose PHI (English)
Authorization to disclose PHI (Spanish)
Notice of Privacy Practices (English)
Notice of Privacy Practices (Spanish)
Notice of Privacy Practices Acknowledgement of Receipt (English)
Notice of Privacy Practices Acknowledgement of Receipt (Spanish)
Rights at Age of Majority (English)
Rights at Age of Majority (Spanish)
CCS Transition Guideline for Chart

General information

California Children’s Services Medical Therapy Program

California Children’s Services (CCS) Medical Therapy Program (MTP) provides Occupational Therapy (OT) and Physical Therapy (PT) to children with eligible medical conditions.

Some of the conditions which qualify a child to receive CCS MTP services include (but are not limited to) cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord injuries, arthrogryposis, and osteogenesis imperfecta.

Therapy services are provided at two Medical Therapy Units (MTUs) in San Mateo County.