Physically Handicapped Children's Program (PHCP)

Any child in Steuben County (0 to 21 years of age) who has or is suspected of having a serious or chronic physical condition and who also requires health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally is eligible for services through the Steuben County Physically Handicapped Children's Program.

The Physically Handicapped Children's Program covers more than 150 physically disabling conditions and chronic illnesses - including cerebral palsy, epilepsy, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, blood dyscrasias, congenital malformations, cancer, hearing disabilities, traumatic deformities, hernia and prematurity.

After receiving a referral, the Physically Handicapped Children's Program contacts the physician for specific recommendations. There are two parts to the Physically Handicapped Children's Program. The Diagnosis and Evaluation part of the program is available without financial eligibility requirements. Our Program will arrange appointments and/or testing with New York State (NYS)-approved physicians and/or specialty centers for diagnostic evaluations. The specialist's appointment, x-rays, lab work, EKGs, etc. are paid by NYS funds after private medical insurance is applied. 

The second part of the Program is when a child has already been diagnosed and a plan of treatment determined. The Treatment part of our Program requires financial eligibility - either by applying through Medicaid or applying through PHCP's confidential financial investigation. Services authorized are paid by State and County governments. We do not open cases where recommended services cost less than $200, as there is a $200 deductible per authorization for eligible families.

In addition to financial help, PHCP provides assistance in obtaining health services and community services. The Program will refer families to services and advocate on their behalf.