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Children's Waiver Program

The Children's Waiver Program (CWP)is a federal entitlement program that provides Medicaid funded home and community-based services to children (under age 18) who are eligible for, and at risk of, placement into an Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded (ICF/MR).

Children with developmental disabilities and who have challenging behaviors and/or complex medical needs are served through this program. 

The CWP enables children to remain in their parent's home or return to their parent's home from out-of-home placements regardless of their parent's income. 

The waiver services include: 

  • family training 
  • non-family training
  • speciality services (e.g. music, recreation, art and message therapy) 
  • community living supports 
  • transportation 
  • respite care 
  • environmental accessibility adaptations, and 
  • speciality medical equipment. 

The program has a capacity to serve 464 children statewide. Although the program is at capacity, a waiting list is maintained, using a priority rating system to add new children to the program when openings occur. 

To request more information regarding eligibility contact your local Community Mental Health Services Program. 

Report Abuse or Neglect Now!

If you suspect or are aware of the abuse, neglect or exploitation of a recipient of public mental health services in Michingan, use the following link to assist you in reporting the information, or call the MDCH-ORR Hotline: 1-800-854-9090.,4612,7-132-2941_4868_4901---,00.html.

Contact: Audrey Craft (517) 241-5757 

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 •  Social Emotional Health and School Readiness  PDF icon
 •  Community Collaboratives
 •  Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances Waiver
 •  Introduction
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 •  Social-Emotional Development in Young Children PDF icon
 •  Local Mental Health Services
 •  Infant Mental Health
 •  Integrated Services for Children of Parents with Mental Illness
 •  Services to Children with Developmental Disabilities
 •  Insurance Advocacy
 •  Federal Mental Health Block Grant Program
 •  Home-Based Services
 •  Wraparound Services
 •  Reducing Expulsion of Children from Child Care
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