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Mission Statement

Our mission is to:

  • Improve the health status and quality of life for children and youth with special needs, their families and communities,
  • Enhance the knowledge of medical professionals providing services to special needs populations through accredited educational activities, and
  • Participate in related local, regional and national projects with government, private, and philanthropic organizations.


Health Services for Children with Special Needs, Inc. (HSCSN) is a specialty Medicaid health plan that has provided care coordination for individuals with disabilities and chronic illnesses in Washington, D.C. since 1994. The evolution of HSCSN has occurred in tandem with the unique structure of The HSC Health Care System, which offers an integrated approach to caring, serving and empowering individuals with disabilities by combining the resources of a care coordination plan, pediatric specialty hospital, home health agency, national youth transitions center and parent foundation.

HSCSN provides a comprehensive set of benefits, including health, long-term care and social support services to children and young adults in the District of Columbia eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) through an extensive care management network. The plan began as a Medicaid demonstration project in 1994 that focused on high need, high risk children, and developed into a national model of managed care services for children and young adults with complex health care needs.

Twenty years later, HSCSN remains the sole care coordination provider for the Child and Adolescent Supplemental Security Income Program (CASSIP) and serves approximately 6,000 members, or an estimated 80 percent of the identified SSI and SSI-eligible children in the District of Columbia. Utilizing a network of more than 2,000 providers, the program coordinates and manages medical, behavioral, dental, drug, long-term care and social benefits for recipients between birth and 26 years of age.



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