California Children's Services (CCS)

California Children's Services (CCS) is a state program for children with certain diseases or health problems. Through this program, children up to 21 years old can get the health care and services they need. CCS will connect you with doctors and trained health care people who know how to care for your child with special health care needs.

CCS Eligibility

The program is open to anyone who:

  • is under 21 years of age
  • is a resident of Sierra County
  • has or may have a medical condition that is covered by CCS
  • has a family income of less than $40,000 reported as adjusted gross income on state tax return, has a medically eligible child who has out-of-pocket medical expenses that are expected to exceed 20 percent of the family's California adjusted gross income
  • has Healthy Families coverage for the child
  • has Medi-Cal coverage for the child

What must the applicant or family do to qualify?

Families (or the applicant if age 18 or older, or an emancipated minor) must:

  • complete the Application Form (PDF) on page 3 and return it to their county CCS office;
  • give CCS all of the information requested so CCS can determine if the family qualifies;
  • apply to Medi-Cal if CCS believes that a family’s income qualifies them for the Medi-Cal program. (If a family qualifies for Medi-Cal, the child is also covered by CCS. CCS approves the services; payment is made through Medi-Cal.)