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Rev. 10-05 THE CHILDRENS MENTAL HEALTH WAIVER An introduction to the concept of a Medicaid waiver program An introduction to the specifics and parameters.

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1 rev THE CHILDRENS MENTAL HEALTH WAIVER An introduction to the concept of a Medicaid waiver program An introduction to the specifics and parameters of the Childrens Mental Health Waiver Lin Christensen Medicaid Program Manager

2 rev What is a Medicaid Waiver? A person eligible for a Medicaid waiverwaives his(her) entitlement to receive services in an institution. Approximately 2/3 of the cost of waiver services is covered by the Federal govt. and 1/3 of the cost of waiver services is covered by the county or the state.

3 rev When Did Waiver Services Begin? 1981 The Katie Beckett Waiver

4 rev History of Medicaid Waivers in Iowa Began implementation in 1984 Iowas Medicaid waiver program is referred to as Home & Community Based Services (HCBS). Over 15,000 persons currently receive waiver services Nearly 7,000 waiver service providers

5 rev The Basic Concepts of a Medicaid Waiver Funded through Title XIX Offers a menu of services from which an individualized service plan is developed to meet the support needs of each individual Each individual is supported by an interdisciplinary team in which the individual is the focus and the main source of information

6 rev Medicaid Waivers Are: Based on a philosophy of – Individual choice – Individual rights and dignity Based on the concept of interdependence Alternatives to institutionalization To allow individuals to live and receive needed services in their homes and communities Designed to meet the specific needs of each individual For all ages

7 rev Medicaid Waivers Will Not Replace parental responsibility Replace natural supports Teach basic academics Provide a Cadillac service Provide emergency placement services

8 rev Iowas Medicaid Waivers Home & Community Based Services Ill and Handicapped Elderly Aids/HIV Mental Retardation Brain Injury Physical Disability

9 rev Differences Among The Waivers Eligibility requirements Availability statewide Target populations Level of care requirements Caps on dollar amounts available Menu of services available

10 rev The Childrens Mental Health Waiver General Parameters Individual Eligibility Criteria Service Descriptions – Environmental Modifications, Adaptive Devices & Therapeutic Resources – Family and Community Support Services – In Home Family Therapy – Respite Application Process

11 rev The Iowa Plan A child who is approved for CMH Waiver services will also be enrolled in the Iowa Plan for covered, required and optional mental health services.

12 rev Teamwork Teamwork is an integral part of providing quality services. Each child approved for the CMH Waiver and his/her family is part of an interdisciplinary team (IDT). Each child, as a requirement for the CMH Waiver,must receive service oversight and service coordination from a Medicaid targeted case manager. Other IDT members: – Service providers – Teachers &/or education personnel – Iowa Plan – Other persons that the child and family would like to participate

13 rev The Childs and Familys Role Active development of the service plan Learn and understand rights and responsibilities Active participation in the service plan Right to refuse and/or change services or service provision

14 rev The Targeted Case Managers Role Help the child and his/her family meet their needs in an effort to promote self-determination, independence and individualism Act as an advocate Facilitate the childs access to the service system & coordinate services Maintain ongoing communication with all IDT members Help providers Monitor service provision

15 rev The Service Providers Role Develop and carry out service provision based on the service plan developed by the child and his/her family and the IDT Communicate with the targeted case manager and other team members regarding changes in in service provision or any concerns regarding the child.

16 rev The Crisis Intervention Plan This plan will be developed during IDT planning. The targeted case manager will write the plan. All members of the IDT will use the same crisis intervention plan. If changes occur or become necessary, the TCM must be contacted. The TCM will redistribute the dated and revised plan to IDT members.

17 rev Resources The HCBS CMH Waiver Specialists The CMH Waiver website –


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