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Children’s wellness program

Texas Health Steps is a Medicaid wellness program for children from birth through 20 years of age. It offers regular medical and dental checkups and case management services to babies, children, teens, and young adults at no cost. Find a medicaid doctor who can give your child a Texas Health Steps checkup. Or call 1-877-847-8377.

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If your child is on Medicaid, talk with your doctor about getting services from Texas Health Steps.

If your child's doctor finds a health problem during a checkup, he or she can make sure your child gets the medical care that is necessary. The Comprehensive Care Program (CCP) is Texas' name for the expanded portion of Texas Health Steps. CCP covers services like private duty nursing and occupational and speech therapy. Talk to your Medicaid provider for more information.

Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents

The DSHS Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division has a department to fund services for children and adolescents with mental health and substance abuse issues. To learn more and apply for services, search for and contact your local mental health authority.

For help navigating the DSHS Children’s Mental Health System, download Family Guide: Children's Mental Health Services (PDF).

Youth Empowerment Services (YES) is a program from DSHS and the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) that funds intensive community-based services and supports for children aged 3 to 18 with serious emotional disturbance (SED) and their families. The program is limited to Bexar, Travis, Tarrant and Harris counties. Learn more about YES and download brochures for each of the counties it serves.

Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) Services

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, is a program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children eat well, learn about nutrition, and stay healthy. WIC provides nutrition education and counseling, nutritious foods, breastfeeding information and help accessing health care for low-income women, infants, and children. WIC staff can help you access other services, such as Early Childhood Intervention Services and low cost immunizations.

Texas Department of State Health Services, Women, Infants and Children Program
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DSHS offers a website where you can find helpful nutrition information, including recipes. You don’t need to be a WIC client to use the site.

Texas WIC Breast Pump Program

For WIC moms with a premature infant or who are separated from their infant due to medical reasons, the Texas WIC Breast Pump Program loans hospital grade breast pumps. Even if you are not enrolled in WIC, you may qualify for this program based on your household income.

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WIC may be able to provide formula for children with disabilities if they are receiving Medicaid. Parents of children under 5 are encouraged to apply for their child. Ask your local WIC clinic for more information.

Immunizations

The DSHS Immunization Branch offers up-to-date immunization information for parents. To learn where to take your child for immunizations, contact your city or county health department, call 2-1-1, or visit 211texas.org.

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DSHS Immunizations FAQs for parents

Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention

TEHDI (Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention) is a DSHS program designed to identify hearing loss in children early on, and make sure children with hearing loss get intervention services soon after they are diagnosed. This program provides newborn hearing screenings in hospitals throughout Texas. Early intervention for a young child with hearing loss is critical, because it can help prevent delays in communication and cognitive development.