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Children and youth with special health care needs typically require more services than other children their age.  Figuring out how to get everything paid for that is needed may feel overwhelming to you as a parent or young adult.  Other families in the same situation have developed tips and guides to answer many of your questions.

Hotline Help

Family Health Hotline
Toll-free, statewide child and family health Information and Referral Line from WithinReach. Get connected to services in your community including free or low-cost health insurance, food resources, immunizations, breastfeeding support, family planning services, parenting support, child development screening services, and many other social and health programs, including information for children with special health care needs. Access to interpretive service for 50 languages.
Family Health Hotline: 1-800 322-2588 or 1-800-833-6388 (tty relay).


  • Finding Your Way in Managed Care: A Guide for Washington Families for Children with Special Needs
    Washington State guide for families to navigating the managed care system, building a medical home for your child, getting to know your child’s primary care provider, understanding the basics of managed care, helpful hints and sample letter and more. 72 pages.  Written by families with funding from the Washington State Department of Health, Children with Special Health Care Needs Program. Available in English and Spanish.
  • Washington Assistive Technology Act Program (WATAP)
    WATAP is housed at the University of Washington, Center on Technology & Disability Studies.
    WATAP can help you learn about and figure out how to fund assistive technology through through extensive resources on their website, or by calling their toll free statewide information and referral phone number (for In-State Inquiries only):
    1-866-866-0162 TTY
  • Partnership for Prescription Assistance
    The Partnership for Prescription Assistance brings together pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that’s right for them. Many will get them free or nearly free. The Partnership’s mission is to increase awareness of patient assistance programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible. The site offers a single point of access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 150 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies.To access the Partnership for Prescription Assistance by phone, you can call toll-free, 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669).