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Children With Special Needs

Every parent could use a helping hand, but some parents are in need of special assistance with the health issues their children with special needs face.  Our public health nurses are committed to helping parents and their children with disabilities or serious physical or mental health problems.

Children are eligible for extra help if they:

  • Are under the age 18 and live in Snohomish County
  • Have a serious health or developmental problem
  • Are at risk for chronic conditions
  • Require more health and related services than are generally needed

Help for children with special needs

The Snohomish Health District’s Children with Special Health Care Needs program offers federal and state-funded support to families for a range of health problems, including premature infants, children with autism and teens with diabetes. Children with Special Health Care Needs program brochure (PDF).

How the program helps parents of children with special needs:

  • Assessing children’s needs
  • Educating and counseling parents
  • Linking families to health care and community resources

To learn more about the program and refer yourself or others, contact the Snohomish Health District.

Newsletter for providers: Child Health Notes

A newsletter is mailed to Snohomish County medical providers 4 – 6 times each year in partnership with the Snohomish County Infant Toddler Early Intervention Program. Child Health Notes provide information for early identification and management of special health and developmental concerns. Formatted as a concise double-sided newsletter, each Child Health Note covers a specific topic and includes contact information for local, state, and national resources. Following are the most recent issues of the Child Health Notes:




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Children with Special Health Care Needs

Did you know?

Approximately 5% of children in Washington have a disability, according to the U.S. Census.