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California Children Services (CCS) helps children with certain diseases, physical limitations, or chronic health problems. CCS provides treatment, medical equipment, case management, & physical/occupational therapy.  Dental and orthodontia services are also available for CCS children with qualifying conditions.  Denti-Cal providers (dentists, oral surgeons, orthodontists that accept Medi-Cal) provide treatment.



CCS children may face difficult challenges in maintaining a healthy mouth.  CCS can help access dental services for children whose health conditions affect or are affected by their oral condition.

CCS children with special dentalconcerns include those with:

  • Cleft lip/palates
  • Craniofacial anomalies
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Seizure disorders
  • Immune deficiencies
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Hemophilia and other blood disorders
  • Neoplasms (ie. leukemia)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Renal disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Transplant recipients



Orthodontia is provided to CCS children with a medical necessity.  Treatment includes braces, dental services, and jaw surgery if indicated.

CCS children with special orthodontia concerns include those with:

  • Cleft lips/palates:  an incomplete closure of the lip and/or palate present at birth.  As adult teeth come in (usually beginning at age 6), there may be missing or abnormally positioned teeth.
  • Cranio-facial Anomalies: an abnormal growth or shape of the face that may affect teeth and jaw.
  • Handicapping Malocclusion:  teeth that do not come together properly because they are so severely twisted, overlapping, or protruding and/or the jaw is not lined up correctly.

CCS Requirements and Program Information:

Children with health problems covered by CCS must be under age 21 and must meet financial and residential requirements.

For more details and referral information contact San Francisco County California Children Services at (415) 575-5700.

Do NOT email the Community Health Network if you wish to inquire about ANY medical situation or problem. Instead, please call San Francisco General Hospital at 415-206-8000 

Any email question may not be read right away. For issues or questions other than medically related, you may email the Community Health Network