Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Waiver
WHAT IS THE YES WAIVER?
The Youth Empowerment Services (YES) 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 serious 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.
YES Waiver Services
Available in Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Lee, and Williamson Counties.
YES Waiver Goals
Reducing out-of-home placements and inpatient psychiatric treatment by all child-serving agencies;
Providing a more complete continuum of community-based services and supports;
Ensuring families have access to parent partners and other flexible non-traditional support services as identified in a family-centered planning process;
Preventing entry into the foster care system and relinquishment of parental custody; and improving the clinical and functional outcomes of children and adolescents.
YES Waiver Eligibility Criteria
To participate in the YES Waiver, the child or adolescent must meet the following criteria:
- Between 3-18 years of age
- Resides in Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Lee or Williamson County in which YES Waiver services are available
- Resides in a non-institutional setting with the child’s or adolescent’s Legally Authorized Representative; or in the child’s or adolescent’s own home or apartment, if legally emancipated
- Has serious functional impairment or acute severe psychiatric symptoms as indicated by:
- Risk of Self-Harm
- Disruptive or Aggressive Behavior
- Lack of Family Resources
- School Behavior
- Current Psychiatric Diagnosis
There is a reasonable expectation that, without YES Waiver services, the child or adolescent would qualify for inpatient care.
For More Information about YES Waiver
Please call the phone number listed below to find out more about services in your area and to express interest in receiving YES Waiver Services.
YES Waiver Brochure
1009 North Georgetown Street
Round Rock, Texas 78664
Bluebonnet Trails Community Services as a recipient of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant dollars either directly from FTA or through the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), will comply with the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d), the U.S. Department of Transportation implementing regulations, FTA Circular 4702.lB, and TxDOT PTN requirements as specified in Master Grant Agreement, and State Management Plan. Our Title VI Plan can be viewed here: Title VI Plan 2023-2026