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Special Medical Services, the New Hampshire Title V Program for Children with Special Health Care Needs, administers health programs and services for children ages' birth to 21 years, who have, or are at risk for, a chronic medical condition, disability or special health care need.

Special Medical Services (SMS) provides leadership in building and promoting a community-based system of services that is family centered, comprehensive, coordinated and culturally competent.

Special Medical Services provides medical and financial services to children with special health care needs (CSHCN). Children with special health care needs are those who have, or are at increased risk for, chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions, which require health and related services of a type beyond that, required by children generally.

Special Medical Services (SMS) helps NH families with health information and support services, and helps them with specialty health care services for their eligible children.

SMS provides care coordination services; support for child development and neuromotor clinics; nutritional and feeding/swallowing consultation; psychological and physical therapy services; and support for the NH Family Voices and Partners in Health programs.

child in bedNH Partners in Health Program
The NH Partners in Health (PIH) program is a comprehensive, community-based service model designed to address the needs of children with chronic health conditions and their families. PIH is socio-ecologically based and seeks to impact both individuals and systems that influence a family's social, educational and medical environment. Program components are directed to effect changes at the family, school and community level (i.e., community agencies, local community members, local businesses) as well as to foster a dialogue between families, the medical community and DHHS and other NH state agencies.

For children and adolescents with chronic illnesses to be eligible for family support services, the chronic illness must:

  • Be a biologically-based condition;
  • last for an extended period of time (3 months or longer);
  • bring about significant changes in the life of a child and family; and
  • require more than the usual amount of medical care.

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