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Children's Services

Your local health department is a great place to learn about services for children.  They can give you information about programs like: 

  • TENNdercare: a free program of check ups and health care services for children from birth to age 21 who are TennCare eligible. These services make sure babies, children, teens and young adults receive the health care they need.
  • HUGS (Help us Grow Successfully): HUGS program assists pregnant women, postpartum women for up to two years, and infants and children up to age six, in gaining access to medical, social and educational services. HUGS services are available in all 95 Tennessee counties.
  • CHAD (Child Health and Development): CHAD is available in 41 counties for pregnant women and children ages birth to six. CHAD helps prevent or reduce abuse, neglect and developmental delays by providing parent support and education services.
  • Children's Special Services (CSS): serving children through age 21 who have a chronic illness or medical condition, which may affect their ability to function independently. CSS provides medical services, care coordination, and Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP) to assist families in obtaining a coordinated and comprehensive health program for their child.

Below is a list of a few other programs in our area that might be helpful:

Car Seats
423-392-8026 (Tennessee Passenger Safety Center)
423-434-6160 (Police Department)

Child Abuse Support Enforcement Protection Services
423-247-1171

The Children's Advocacy Center
210 E Myrtle Ave
Johnson City, TN 37601
423-926-6528

Department of Children's Services
1-877-542-2873

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