Children’s Medical Services
What is CMS?
Children’s Medical Services (CMS) is a Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) program that provides or arranges specialty medical/ health care services for eligible children with chronic medical conditions in Georgia.
CMS services are family-centered, culturally/linguistically competent and community-based.
Who is Eligible for CMS?
Children and youth, birth to age 21 who:
- Live in Georgia
- Have an eligible medical condition
- Meet income eligibility: CMS 2016 Eligibility Guidelines
Where can Children and Youth Receive CMS Services?
CMS services are available statewide in each of the 18 Health Districts in Georgia. If you live in Baldwin, Crawford, Hancock, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Macon-Bibb, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Twiggs, Washington or Wilkinson counties, contact the North Central Health District at 478-751-6253.
How does CMS Help Eligible Children and Families?
The CMS Program:
- Promotes healthy growth and development
- Helps to prevent further complications often related to chronic medical conditions
- Coordinates comprehensive care
What are some examples of Eligible Medical Conditions?
- Burns, cardiac, chronic lung (including asthma and cystic fibrosis)
- Orthopedic and neuromuscular (including cerebral palsy, scoliosis, and amputations), diabetes mellitus, gastrointestinal disorders, hearing loss
- Spina bifida, neurological and neurosurgical disorders (including epilespy and hydrocephalus), and conditions affecting vision (cataracts, glaucoma, amblyopia and strabismus)
- Please give the North Central Health District- CMS office a call if your condition is not listed.
What Services are Available?
Working with the child’s primary care provider, CMS may provide or arrange for:
- Medical/diagnostic testing
- Specialty medical care, treatment, medications and supplies
- Genetic Counseling
- Referral to community resources
What clinics are provided by the North Central Health District?
Clinics are being developed based on the needs of the North Central Health District. To find out more information, please contact the Macon office at (478) 751-6253.
How Can I Refer a Child to CMS for Services?
Parents, providers and community partners should complete and fax the following form to: (478) 751-6429.
- Birth to Age 5: Children 1st Screening and Referral Form: Screening-and-Referral-Form Birth to 5
- Age 6-20: CMS Referral Form
- Authorization to Release Information Electronic Form FY15
CMS brochure– Information about the CMS program. Feel free to print and distribute.
Guardianship– Thinking about Guardianship? Click here for more information on how to become a legal guardian.
Independent Care Waiver– The Independent Care Waiver Program (ICWP) offers services that help a limited number of adult Medicaid recipients with physical disabilities who live in their won homes or in the community instead of a hospital or nursing home. ICWP services are also available for persons with traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
Insurance– Health Care Financing can be divided into two main types: Government Funded Health Care and Private Health Insurance. Click here for more information on insurance options for Georgia families.
Katie Beckett Waiver– The Department of Community Health (DCH) provides Medicaid benefits to eligible children through TEFRA/Katie Beckett Medicaid program under § 134 of the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) of the 1982 (P.L. 97-248). States are allowed, at the option, to make these Medicaid benefits available to children (age 18 or under) at home who qualify as disabled individuals under § 1614(a) of the Social Security Act as long as certain conditions are met, even though these children would not ordinarily be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits because of parental income or resources.
Medical Home– A “medical home” is a different way of thinking about health care. Click here to fine out more about this approach to providing comprehensive primary care.
Now Comp Waiver Detailed information– The NOW and COMP Waivers are resources that can help provide supports to people who want to live with their family or in other kinds of community living arrangements. The services offered through these waivers can make it possible to have supports during the day, at night, or on the weekends.
CMS Resources– Additional links to more Georgia resources for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs.
Parent to Parent of Georgia– Website dedicated to supporting Georgia families of Children with Disabilities.
United Way 211 of Central Georgia– A searchable local community resource database.
Georgia PowerLine– An online directory of health services and healthcare providers designed to help people in Georgia find health care information and referral, low cost healthcare, sliding scale fee services, free clinics, Public Health resources such as WIC, Medicaid and PeachCare providers and other health resources for uninsured and low income Georgians. PowerLine translation service for other languages.
DFCS– Link to Georgia Department of Human Services: Division of Family and Children Services.
Common Point of Access to Social Services (COMPASS)- Need to apply for Food Stamps, Medicaid, Peachcare, Housing and Energy Assistance? Click here: Applying for TANF, Medicaid, PeachCare WIC, Food Stamps, Housing Assistance, etc
Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities– DBHDD provides treatment and support services to people with behavioral health challenges and addictive diseases, and assists individuals who live with developmental disabilities.
Central Georgia Autism Resources– Local resources for Autistic and Spectrum disorders
ADHD Medication Resources: http://www.healthline.com/health/reduce-adhd-costs-patient-assistant-programs-adderall#Overview1
Transitioning into Adult Care– Additional information and resources for ensuring a successful transition from pediatric to adult health care for Georgia’s youth with special health care needs.