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 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 is submitting 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 »

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Implementation Dates

implementation dates

Implementation Cohort

Implementation Activities Begin

Implementation Date

  1. Betty Hardwick, Center for Life Resources, Denton, Emergence, Helen Farabee, Tri-County Services and Lakes Regional.

3/4 – 5 – Planning Meeting

April 15

  1. ACCESS, Andrews, Brazos, Central Counties Center, Concho Valley, Hill Country, Permian Basin and West Texas.

4/20 – 21  – Planning Meeting

May 31

  1. Bluebonnet, Border Region, Burke, Camino Real, Coastal Plains, Gulf Bend, Nueces County, Spindletop and Texana.

5/27 – 28 – Planning Meeting

July 6

  1. Central Plains, Pecan Valley Community Healthcore, Heart of Texas, Panhandle, StarCare and Texoma.

7/1 – 2 Planning Meeting

July 31


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Last updated July 31, 2015