Provides medical care to children from birth to age 21 who have disabling conditions or chronic diseases. CMS can provide long-term specialized care, medical equipment, medications, physical therapy, hospitalization, occupational therapy, nursing services, family education, social services and case coordination. The goal of CMS is to help each child reach his or her maximum potential. CMS is funded through state and federal funds.
Eligibility for CMS is based on income, type of medical condition, and the age of the child. PeachCare, Medicaid and SSI recipients are accepted. Families with or without insurance are also accepted and may (depending on their income) be required to pay a portion of cost based on a sliding fee scale.
Examples of medical conditions covered by CMS include cerebral palsy, spina bifida, scoliosis, seizures, neurological disorders, immune disorders, hydrocephalus, hearing conditions, Down syndrome, craniofacial disorders, cleft lip and palate, orthopedic disorders, cardiac conditions, chronic lung conditions, vision disorders (other than corrective lenses), diabetes, urinary tract disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, and genetic disorders.