Update on Waiver Services for Children with Intellectual Disabilities or Pervasive Developmental Disorders

November 17, 2011

Children’s Behavioral Health Services (CBHS) advisory group of parents, advocates and providers is working on implementing the Children’s Waiver. The waiver’s goal is to give children with significant needs the chance to remain in or return to their own homes or small agency-owned homes. A brief description of the waiver is located on the CBHS web site.

  • Section 32 of the MaineCare Benefits Manual was in effect as an emergency rule as of July 1, 2011. The proposed Section 32 rule changes are available on-line. The public comment period ended August 25, 2011.

  • Application forms for families are being developed with the advisory group and should be available within a month. Families will have a month or more to get applications in to CBHS. CBHS will then make decisions about eligibility and priority for waiver openings.

  • Children between the ages of 5 and 17 will qualify. As long as the child was under the age of 17 as of June 30, 2011, the child will be considered eligible.

CBHS welcomes proposals from agencies interested in becoming providers. Additional information for contractors is online.