Home and Community Services
Identifying Your Child's Medical Condition

What is this service?

A service through the Medically Handicapped Children’s Program (MHCP) that provides a specialized clinic to assist in or provide a diagnosis and treatment plan for your child.

Who needs this service?

Families with children who have a disability or ongoing health problem that may need:

  • Help identifying services for their child
  • Access to diagnostic and treatment services
  • Assistance with referrals to medical professionals

Can my child get this service?

Your child must first be eligible for the Medically Handicapped Children’s Program (MHCP). To qualify for MHCP, your child must:

  • Live in Nebraska
  • Be under 21 years of age
  • Have a qualifying disability or ongoing medical condition (see list of examples)
  • Meet the financial eligibility*

*See Frequently Asked Questions for details.

More questions and answers about this MHCP service

Contact someone who can answer your question about this service, by calling your nearest MHCP office:

  • Western Nebraska--Gering (800) 477-6393
  • Central Nebraska--Grand Island (800) 892-7922
  • Southeast Nebraska--Lincoln (877) 213-4754
  • Northern Nebraska--Norfolk (888) 704-0180
  • Southwest Nebraska--North Platte (800) 778-1600
  • Omaha area-- (402) 595-2120


How do I apply for MHCP?

You can complete an application by phone, letter, or personal interview. You can get an application from your local DHHS office.  When a MHCP worker receives a referral, the worker will contact the family to discuss medical and financial eligibility requirements.

I know a child that may need MHCP. Can I refer him/her?

Anyone can refer a child to MHCP by phone, personal interview, or letter to any office of DHHS.

What services may be available through MHCP?

  • Services to identify your child’s medical condition
  • Limited payment for treatment services by contracted medical specialists
  • Referrals to other available community resources

What are MHCP-sponsored specialty clinics for children?

Clinics are medical appointments with specialty physicians (such as neurologists), nutritionists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, dentists, speech and hearing pathologists, and MHCP workers with the families. The clinic team membership will vary depending upon the particular medical needs of the child being seen. The clinic teams provide diagnosis of the medical concerns and problems, and provide a written treatment plan.

What financial items are reviewed?

The possible cost of the specialized care, family income, and other medical coverage or funding available to the family to pay for the specialized medical care.

Are there financial eligibility requirements for the initial consultation?

No, but if a child has private insurance then it would be the first payer for the service.

How does MHCP verify medical need?

Medical records from any current doctor are reviewed by a doctor and nurse at the state to see that the condition or treatment is eligible under the program. A child may be scheduled to attend a MHCP sponsored clinic or referred directly to a participating specialist for an evaluation.

Where can I read the DHHS regulations for MHCP services?

Title 467 - (Title V Services for Medically Handicapped Children, Genetically Handicapped Persons' Program, and Supplemental Security Income Disabled Children's Program), Chapter 4--Title V Services for Medically Handicapped Children.