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 Article of Interest - Children's Waiver Program

MI 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.


The waiver services include:

  • case management,

  • habilitation skill training,

  • nursing services,

  • behavioral intervention,

  • respite care, and

  • special equipment and/or home modifications (i.e., wheel chair ramps, barrier free doorways, etc.).

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
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