Children’s Medical Services
Children’s Medical Services is a statewide program that supports children, youth and young adults (birth – 21) with special health care needs and their families. Children’s Medical Services provides assistance to eligible families and young adults with accessing timely and affordable health care services as well as needed resources within their communities.
Children’s Medical Services works with the child and young adult’s primary and specialty medical specialists to provide or coordinate for:
- Genetic Counseling
- Inpatient/Outpatient Hospitalization
- Durable Medical Equipment
- Medications and Supplies
- Diagnostic Testing
Eligibility for the Children’s Medical Services program is based on the following:
- Eligible medical condition
- Annual Family Income
- Live in Georgia
Examples of eligible medical conditions include, but are not limited to:
- Asthma, cystic fibrosis, and other lung disorders
- Some hearing disorders
- Neurological and neurosurgery disorders including seizures, benign tumors, hydrocephalus, and others
- Orthopedic and/or neuromuscular disorders including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, scoliosis, clubfeet, congenital or traumatic amputations of limbs, and others
- Visual disorders including cataracts, glaucoma, strabismus, and others
- Diabetes and other endocrine and genetic disorders
- Craniofacial anomalies (including cleft lip/palate)
- Congenital cardiac conditions
Services provided for the following counties: Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Tift and Turner.
For more information about eligibility, services provided and enrollment into the program please call 229-245-4310.
CMS Office Location
206 South Patterson Street
Valdosta, GA 31601
Transitioning Youth to Adult Care:
Healthcare Transition is the process of moving from a pediatric model to an adult model of care. Transition encourages youth to become independent and knowledgeable about their healthcare needs; while teaching families to be supportive, and healthcare workers and professionals to track and assess the youth/young adult’s readiness for adult health care.
Parent to Parent of Georgia:
Provide services to children and youth with disabilities and their families. Services include an on-line data base of various resources locally, educational trainings for parents and parent support program.
Special Needs Database: http://p2pga.org/index.php/database
Healthy Mother’s Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia:
Provide services to expectant families. Services include prenatal education and resources to expectant mothers, breastfeeding support and education, and assistance with accessing health insurance.
Healthy Mother’s Healthy Babies Portal: https://www.resourcehouse.com/hmhb/
American Academy of Pediatrics – GA Chapter:
The official website of the American Academy of Pediatrics for parents on accurate, trusted and up-to-date information on issues regarding infants, children and adolescents.
For information on our Telemedicine program that Children’s Medical Services offers, visit our Telemedicine page.
Sandee Simmons, RN, CMS Program Manager
CMS Contact Information:
Local – 229-245-4310
Long Distance – 800-848-5728