We provide coordination of service to children from birth to age 21 who have disabling conditions or chronic diseases. Children’s Medical Services provides long-term specialized care, medical equipment, medications, physical therapy, hospitalization, occupational therapy, nursing services, family education, social services and case management.

The Goal

The goal of Children’s Medical Services is to help each child reach his or her maximum potential.


Eligibility for Children’s Medical Services is based on income and residents of DeKalb County and type of medical condition. PeachCare, Medicaid and SSI recipients are accepted. Families with or without insurance are also accepted and may (depending on their income) be required to pay a portion of cost based on a sliding fee scale

Medical Conditions covered by CMS
▪ cerebral palsy ▪ cleft lip and palate
▪ spina bifida ▪ orthopedic disorders
▪ scoliosis ▪ cardiac conditions
▪ seizures ▪ chronic lung conditions
▪ neurological disorders ▪ vision disorders (other than corrective lenses
▪ immune disorders ▪ diabetes
▪ hydrocephalus ▪ urinary tract disorders
▪ hearing conditions ▪ gastrointestinal disorders
▪ Down’s Syndrome ▪ entic disorders
▪ craniofacial disorders


Children 1st is the single point of entry for all the children with special needs programs. Children 1st provide early identification of children at high risk for poor health and/or developmental delays. Risks include any medical, environmental or socioeconomic conditions. Children 1st is a tracking and monitoring system of children from birth to five years of age, including high risk newborns.

Children 1st staff provide:
  • In-home assessments and general healthcare information
  • Monitor to ensure necessary services and treatment for all Birth to Five programs.

Participation in Children 1st is free, and there are no income or health insurance criteria.


High Risk Infant Follow Up

Focuses on children birth to one year of age who have been identified as at risk either medically and/or developmentally. There are no financial eligibility requirements. Referrals are made through Children 1st.


BCW is an early intervention program that serves children with significant developmental delays and children who may be at risk for delays due to a diagnosed medical condition. The program provides services to children from birth to age three and their families.

Services through the Babies Can’t Wait program include:
  • assistive technology devices
  • audiology services
  • family training and counseling
  • nutrition services
  • occupational therapy
  • physical therapy
  • psychological services
  • special instruction
  • speech therapy
  • vision services.

Visit the Babies Can’t Wait page


Georgia Newborn Screening Program

The two most important screening tests required by Georgia law for new babies are:

  • Newborn Blood Screening
  • Newborn Hearing Screening
Newborn Blood Screening..

can identify diseases that can kill or cause brain damage within the first few days or weeks of a baby’s life. These diseases are identified early so that treatment, including medications and special formulas, can be given to your baby.

The newborn blood screening test involves a heel prick to collect blood that is sent to the state lab. The results are sent to the baby’s doctor.

Newborn Hearing Screening…

finds the possibility of hearing loss. A baby with an unknown hearing problem may not be able to develop language skills. There are many reasons why your baby may be referred after the first hearing screening.

Talk to the baby’s doctor about the results of both the newborn blood and hearing screenings at the first doctor visit. Repeat tests may be necessary. Repeat blood test can be done by the baby’s doctor or at the local health department. Repeat hearing screening can be done at the local health department, in the home or at the hospital.