YES Waiver

Youth Empowerment Services Waiver

Who is eligible:

  • Age: Between 3 yrs to 18 yrs old
  • Qualifications:
    • Have serious functional impairment or acute severe psychiatric symptoms as indicated by:
      • Risk of Self-Harm
      • Disruptive or Aggressive Behavior
      • Lack of Family Resources
      • School Behavior
      • Current Psychiatric Diagnosis
    • Expectation that child would qualify of inpatient care

Unique features:

  • Living arrangements: Personal home (family or own)
  • Community Living Supports (CLS) – skill training & services to promote communication, reinforce skills, integrate into community activities
  • Family Supports – support for primary caregiver
  • Therapeutic Peer Supports – fees for specialized groups to deal with issues or improve socialization
  • Specialized Therapies:
    • Art Therapy
    • Music Therapy
    • Animal-assisted Therapy
    • Recreational Therapy
    • Nutritional Counseling

Common features to other programs: (click for explanations)

  • Case Management
  • Respite
  • Employment Assistance
  • Minor Home Modifications

Providers involved:

  • Enrollment: Local Mental Health Authority

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