Youth Empowerment Services Waiver Providers

The Youth Empowerment Services waiver is a 1915(c) Medicaid program that helps children and youth with serious mental, emotional and behavioral difficulties. The YES waiver provides intensive services delivered within a strengths-based team planning process called wraparound. Wraparound builds on family and community support and uses YES services to help build your family’s natural support network and connection with your community. YES services are family-centered, coordinated and effective at preventing out-of-home placement and promoting lifelong independence and self-defined success.

The program aims to:

  • Reduce the amount of time children are out of their home and community because of a mental health need.
  • Expand available mental health services and supports.
  • Improve the lives of children and youth.

A wraparound facilitator will meet with youth and families weekly to develop a wraparound plan specifically for each child. The wraparound plan is also made with help from a child and family team, which meets once a month. The team includes the legally authorized representative/parent, the child and people who are important in the child’s life. This can be professionals, family, friends, coaches/mentors or teachers who want to help the child meet their goals. Together the team develops a plan of care to meet the specific needs and goals of the child and family using YES services, community resources and family strengths.

YES services include:

  • Respite: Allows caretakers to take a temporary break.
  • Community living supports: Uses proven practices and strategies to help you and your child build skills to deal with mental health needs in the community.
  • Specialized therapies: Includes art, recreational, music and animal-assisted therapy, as well as nutritional counseling.
  • Family supports: Offers support from caretakers with similar experiences.
  • Employee assistance and supported employment: Helps youth find and succeed at a job.
  • Adaptive aids and supports: Prevents out-of-home placement by providing medically necessary goods and services.
  • Minor home modifications: Keeps your child safe at home with medically necessary modifications.
  • Non-medical transportation: Takes the child to a YES waiver service when no other transportation is available.
  • Paraprofessional services: Helps the child deal with stressful situations through coaching and mentoring.
  • Supportive family-based alternatives: Helps the whole family learn healthy interactions
  • Transition services: Assists with the costs of moving a child into their own home

How to Become a YES Provider

See Provider contracting requirements in the open enrollment application documents here.


Web-based Training

YES Waiver web-based provider trainings can now be found on the Centralized Training website. Visit Centralized Training and click on the Youth Empowerment Services Waiver info tab.

Wraparound Technical Support and Training

Texas has adopted the National Wraparound Implementation Center’s wraparound model. NWIC provides technical assistance, coaching and training through the Texas Center of the Institute for Innovation and Implementation.

To learn more about the NWIC Wraparound model visit the National Wraparound Implementation Center. For information on Wraparound training in Texas, including dates and registration, visit the Texas Center or email



Reimbursement Rates

Visit the HHSC site for current reimbursement rates for YES Waiver services.

YES Waiver Renewal Application


Statutes and rules pertaining to YES Waiver can be found on the HHS Policies and Rule page.

Contact mailbox

Phone: 512-838-4334
Fax number: 512-838-4372