Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Waiver
What is the YES Waiver?
The YES (Youth Empowerment Services) Waiver is a 1915(c) Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Waiver that allows for more flexibility in the funding of intensive community-based services to assist children and adolescents with severe emotional disturbances to live in the community with their families.
Waiver services are provided in combination with services available through the Medicaid State plan, other federal, state, and local programs the individual may qualify for, and the natural supports that families and communities provide.
1. Reducing out-of-home placements and inpatient psychiatric treatment by all
2. Providing a more complete continuum of community-based services and
3. Ensuring families have access to parent partners and other flexible non-
traditional support services as identified in a family-centered planning
4. Preventing entry into the foster care system and relinquishment of parental
5. Improving the clinical and functional outcomes of children and adolescents.
• Adaptive Aids & Supports
• Community Living Supports
• Family Supports
• Minor Home Modifications
• Non-Medical Transportation
• Paraprofessional Services
• Professional Services
• Supportive Family Based Alternatives
• Transitional Services
All YES Waiver participants will also receive benefits to access all Medicaid State Plan Services that are medically necessary.
Who is Eligible for YES Waiver Services? The Local Mental Health Authority in your service area will assess you for eligibility. See “Who Do I Contact About Receiving Services?”
To participate in the YES Waiver, the child or adolescent must meet the following criteria.
• Be between 3-18 years of age;
• Reside in Victoria, Jackson, Lavaca, DeWitt, Goliad, Refugio, or Calhoun County;
• Reside in a non-institutional setting with the child's or adolescent's Legally
• Representative; or in the child's or adolescent’s own home or apartment, if
Have serious functional impairment or acute severe psychiatric symptoms as indicated by:
• Risk of Self-Harm
• Disruptive or Aggressive Behavior
• Family Resources
• School Behavior
• Current Diagnosis
There is a reasonable expectation that, without YES Waiver services, the child or adolescent would qualify for inpatient care.
A child or adolescent must be eligible for Medicaid.
• If you are a current Medicaid recipient, you may already meet financial
requirements for the YES Waiver or additional information may be required.
• If you are not a current Medicaid recipient, we can assit you in applying.
Who do I contact about receiving services?
Services are accessed through the Local Mental Health Authority (LMHA). The LMHA for the Crossroads is Gulf Bend Center.
To obtain more information or to register, please call 361-575-0611 or 1-800-421-8825.
How lonG will I have to Wait to see if I am eligible? Will There Be a Wait List?
The amount of time you may have to wait to see if you are eligible will depend on whether there is a YES Waiver spot currently available and the date you were registered on the Interest List.
When a spot is available, the Local Mental Health Authority will contact you by phone and in writing notifying you of an available spot and to schedule an appointment to begin the eligibility determination process.
You may continue to receive other services that you qualify for while on the YES Waiver Interest List.
For more information, please click on the links below:
YES Waiver Brochure (English)
YES Waiver Brochure (Spanish)
Yes Waiver One Page Information Sheet (English)
Yes Waiver One Page Information Sheet (Spanish)