Youth Empowerment Services (YES)

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                                                  Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Waiver Program

Parents caring for a child with a serious emotional disturbance may feel they have reached or exceeded their financial, emotional, or health care resources, and are unable to fully meet their child’s mental health care needs. They need help.

The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) developed the Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Waiver, which provides comprehensive home and community-based mental health services to youth between the ages of 3 and 18, up to a month before a youth's 19th birthday, who have a serious emotional disturbance. The YES Waiver not only provides flexible supports and specialized services to children and youth at risk of institutionalization and/or out-of-home placement due to their serious emotional disturbance, but also strives to provide hope to families by offering services aimed at keeping children and youth in their homes and communities.

If you are caring for a child with a serious emotional disturbance and need help, please Find Your Local Mental Health Authority and call the YES Waiver Inquiry line to add your child to the YES Waiver Inquiry List.

YES Waiver Compliance Timeline

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission submitted to CMS a timeline that outlines the transition plan to comply with the new Home and Community-based Services (HCBS) regulations for the Youth Empowerment (YES) waiver program, a waiver implemented under the authority of §1915(c) of the Social Security Act. Review the Timeline »

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services HCBS Rules

Stakeholder Meeting

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Approved YES Waiver Application:

Proposed Waiver Amendment and Renewals

YES Waiver Mission and Vision:

To ensure that Texas children with serious emotional disturbances have access to a robust array of community-based services and supports.

Vision: YES Waiver services for youth are family-centered, coordinated, and effective at preventing out-of-home placement and promoting lifelong independence and self-defined success.

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Last updated August 23, 2018