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Children and youth with special health care needs

We ensure that children and youth with special health care needs have the opportunity to grow, learn and develop to their highest individual potential. The vision that guides our work is: Thriving families supported by proactive, integrated systems that adapt to meet needs.

CYSHCN Priority Work

Learn more about how our work integrates with our MCH Priorities!

Data and Evaluation

Recent Colorado and national data, including maternal and child health performance measures, as well as other measures of interest for the Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs population.

HCP, a program for children and youth with special health care needs

We work with partners and local public health agencies to connect families to resources, provide care coordination and improve access to pediatric specialty care.

Find local services and supports

Emergencies and  medical, mental, or emotional concerns

If you or your child are having a medical emergency, please call 911 or seek emergency care. 

If you or your child are experiencing mental health, substance use, or emotional concern:

Call 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255 to speak to a trained professional with the Colorado Crisis & Support Line. Reach out for free, confidential, professional, 24/7 support. Provides free, confidential, professional, and immediate support for any mental health, substance use, or emotional concern, 24/7/365. 

For medication refills or concerns

Please connect with your pharmacy and/or your primary care provider. 

Free Nurse Advice Lines:

The Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) Nurse Advice Line provides Health First Colorado members free around-the-clock access to medical information and advice in both English and Spanish and is available free of charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


ParentSmart Healthline™ | Children's Hospital Colorado

When you call Children's Hospital Colorado ParentSmart Healthline™  you can receive free health care advice from registered nurses. ParentSmart is there for you 24/7, providing access to expert pediatric care and peace of mind.


Report suspected child abuse and neglect 

CO4KIDS is available 24 hours a day, every day. Don't hesitate to call and get help. Anyone witnessing a child in a life-threatening situation should call 911 immediately. 

1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1‑844‑264‑5437)

*This project was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number B04MC28087, Maternal and Child Health Services. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.