Physically Handicapped Children's Program

The New York State Department of Health promotes the development of quality services for physically handicapped children and helps parents who need financial assistance pay for the medical care of children ages 0-21 whose conditions can be corrected or improved.  

There are thousands of children in New York State with physical defects which prevent them from eading normal lives.  Many of these defects can be corrected or improved so that these children may eventually become self-sufficient, obtain an educaiton, and even be gainfully employed.  The cost of such are is often beyond the means of many families and therefore, New York State administers a joint (Federal, State, and Local) financial assistance program to aid parents of physically handicapped children.

Any child in Livingston County, under 21 years of age, who has or is suspected of having a physical defect within the scope of the medical rehabilitation program may apply for diagnoses, treatment, and financial aid.  There are over 130 physically handicapping conditions covered.  Among these are the following:

  • Congenital malformations
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Diabetes
  • Hearing disabilities
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Traumatic deformities
  • Scoliosis

If you have questions, or want to know if a certain condition is included, please call 585-243-7299.

New York State Department of Health