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YES Waiver


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 
    child-serving agencies;

  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
    custody; and

  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.

Demographic 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
     legally emancipated.


Clinical Criteria

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.

Financial Criteria

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)