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
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How to Become a YES Provider
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be completed at time of initial and yearly enrollment
- Form 2802, Youth Empowerment Services Waiver Notice of Participant Rights
- Form 2805, Youth Empowerment Services Waiver - Comprehensive Service Provider / Wraparound Provider Organization Selection Form
- Form 2806, Authorization of Youth Empowerment Services Waiver Services
- Form 2807, Pending Enrollment of Youth Empowerment Services Waiver Services
- Form 2808, Youth Empowerment Services Waiver - Waiver Provider Selection
- Form 2809, Youth Empowerment Services Waiver - Freedom of Choice
- Form 2810, Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Waiver - Participant Agreement
Denial or Withdrawal
Reserved Capacity Screening
YES Waiver Renewal Application
Statutes and rules pertaining to YES Waiver can be found on the HHS Policies and Rule page.
- TAC Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 419, Youth Empowerment Services
- TAC, Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 416, Subchapter A, Mental Health Rehabilitative Services
Fax number: 512-838-4372