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Children’s Medical Services

Welcome to Children’s Medical Services.  We are the go-to for families who have a child or youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs means an individual younger than 21 years old, experiencing a moderate to severe medical condition:

  1. With significant potential or actual impact on long term health and ability to function
  2. Which requires specialized health care services and/or a variety of services from multiple diverse systems.

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How Can We Help?

Services for CYSHCN birth to 21 years of age:

  • Care coordination for children and their family.
  • Access to Multidisciplinary Pediatric Specialty Clinics.
  • Care for children with a genetic condition.
  • Follow-up care for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

For those who meet financial and medical eligibility guidelines:

  • Payment for medical services, procedures, medications, and supplies.
  • Payment of premiums, deductibles and co-pays for the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool.
  • Payment for diagnostic services and care coordination.

If you have questions about eligibility or for more information, see our CMS Brochure or contact your local Children's Medical Services office. Please see our CMS Contact Information document for a list of locations.

Visit the Families or Providers section for more specific information, tools, and resources.


Pediatric Specialty Clinics

We host over 130 pediatric outreach clinics for CYSHCN including: Cleft Lip and Palate, Neurology, Endocrine, Nephrology, Genetics, Metabolic, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Cystic Fibrosis and Asthma. We work with UNM hospital and other local specialty providers to help you access care if you live in a rural part of the state.

  • All children and youth seen at the Children's Medical Services pediatric specialty outreach clinics need to be enrolled in the Children's Medical Services program
  • All children and youth must have a Primary Care Provider referral to the specialty clinic. After the clinic, Children's Medical Services staff will collect the medical report/recommendations and will make sure that your Primary Care Provider receives this report.
  • Providers, if a child or youth may need the opportunity to be seen at a Children's Medical Services Pediatric Specialty clinic, please refer the family using our CMS Telephone Referral Form as soon as possible. Children's Medical Services clinics fill up quickly.

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