Children’s Medical Services

HHC_Ages%20and%20StagesThe mission of Children’s Medical Services (CMS) is to assure that eligible children from birth to age 21 who have chronic health conditions receive comprehensive, coordinated specialty care. CMS began is 1938 as Georgia’s Crippled Children’s Program. As the program expanded and additional services were offered, the name was changed to Children’s Medical Services in 1982.

 

CMS is a statewide public health program that provides specialized medical care to eligible children with certain handicapping conditions or chronic diseases.

 

CMS services are offered in all counties within the Northeast Health District, and its main office is located at 645 Meigs Street (in the Clarke County Health Department).  Services include:

  • Physical assessments
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Development of medical plan
  • Referrals to appropriate resources
  • Case management/coordination of care
  • Hearing aids, orthodontics (braces), wheelchairs, and other supplementary services
  • Corrective survery
  • Health education
  • Social work assistance
  • Nutrition services
  • Physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy
  • Financial assistance
  • Ongoing healthcare supervision

 

Eligibility is based on:

  • Georgia residency
  • Age (birth to age 21)
  • Type of medical problem
  • Annual family income

 

Medical eligibility includes, but is not limited to, the following conditions:

  • burns
  • cardiac conditions
  • chronic lung disease (including cystic fibrosis
  • craniofacial anomalies (including cleft lip/palate)
  • diabetes mellitus
  • gastrointestinal disorders
  • hearing disorders
  • spina bifida
  • neurological and neurosurgical conditions
  • epilepsy and hydrocephalus
  • orthopedic and/or neuromuscular disorders (such as scoliosis)
  • congenital or traumatic amputations of limbs
  • cerebral palsy
  • vision disorders

 

CMS clinics include:

  • Hearing
  • Neurology
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Orthopedic
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Chronic Lung
  • Genitourinary
  • Genetics
  • Vision
  • Neurosurgery
  • Cardiac
  • Diabetes
  • Amputee
  • Spina Bifida
  • Cystic Fibrosis

Clinics may vary in each county.

 

Nursing coordinators provide medical case management that includes:

  • outreach
  • referral
  • care coordination
  • follow-up education
  • patient education
  • training

 

If you have questions about CMS services, eligibility or the referral process, please call 706-389-6923 or 1-888-345-7305.

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