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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Local Mental Health Authorities Implementation Date
Austin Travis County Integral Care, Center for Health Care Services


MHMR of Tarrant County


MHMRA of  Harris, Gulf Coast Center and Tropical Texas Behavioral Health


ACCESS, Andrews, Brazos, Central Counties Services, Concho Valley, Hill Country, Permian Basin, West Texas, Bluebonnet, Border Region, Burke, Camino Real, Coastal Plains, Gulf Bend, Nueces County, Spindletop, Texana,  Betty Hardwick, Center for Life Resources, Denton, Emergence, Helen Farabee, Tri-County Services, Lakes Regional, Central Plains, Pecan Valley, Community Healthcore, Heart of Texas, Panhandle, StarCare, Texoma and North Texas Behavioral Health Authority
September 1, 2015


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Last updated November 24, 2015