The Children’s Waiver

The Children’s Waiver program was developed to provide services to children with developmental disabilities in the least restrictive and most desirable environment, the family home. It is a Federal program, run in partnership with the state, and was designed to reduce the risk of children being placed outside of the family home.

 

In order to qualify for this program, a child must be less than 18 years of age, and reside in the birth or adoptive family home or in the home of a relative who is the child’s legal guardian. Medicaid waives income eligibility of the family to qualify the child for the program. This means that the child will qualify for Medicaid even though they would otherwise be ineligible due to the parent’s income.

 

The purpose of the Children’s Waiver Program is to provide an array of community based services to the child in the home. These services include academic services, in home staff to provide hands on training and care needs, habilitation skill training and professional monitoring of services. Services in the home also include psychology, speech pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing and social work. In addition, home modifications, special equipment, respite care and chore services are available.

 

These services help children to stay at home and families to stay together.

 

Phone code: 1321