Children's Waiver Program
The Children's Waiver Program is a
federal entitlement program which enables Medicaid to fund
necessary home and community-based services for children (under
age 18) who are eligible for, and are at risk of, placement into
an Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded. It
enables children to remain in the parents' home or return to
their parents' home from institutions or foster care, and
receive regular Medicaid State Plan services and waiver
services, regardless of their parents' income.
habilitation skill training,
respite care, and
special equipment and/or home
modifications (i.e., wheel chair ramps, barrier free doorways,
The program can be accessed through
local Community Mental Health Service Programs.
Services: The Children's Waiver Program currently serves
approximately 260 children statewide, with the expectation of
increasing that amount to 400 over the next two years.
To inquire about this article contact Debbie Milhouse Slaine at
Here is a list of local Mental Health Offices: