Public Comment Requested on Amendment and Transition Plan for Michigan's Waiver for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbance

Contact: Jennifer Smith (517) 241-2112

For Immediate Release:  November 21, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is requesting public comment on the 1915 (c) and 1915 (b) (4) amendments and home and community-based settings transition plan for the Waiver for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SEDW).

The purpose of the amendment is to add an adjustor payment to the SEDW. The adjustor payment allows Community Mental Health Service Programs (CMHSPs) to earn additional federal dollars to partially cover the cost of SEDW services that the CMHSP has previously funded with non-Medicaid resources. If approved, this change will take effect on April 1, 2015.

The purpose of the home and community-based settings transition plan is to assist MDCH in meeting federal requirements for providing SEDW home and community-based services in the most integrated settings, both residential and non-residential. Both amendments and the transition plan will be submitted to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for review and approval.

MDCH invites the public to read the SEDW amendments and transition plan by visiting, and then selecting the Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities tab.

Information and comments may be sent to: Michigan Department of Community Health, Program Policy Division, Bureau of Medicaid Policy and Health System Innovation, Attention Medicaid Policy, P.O. Box 30479, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7979, or via e-mail at

All comments should include a reference to the amendment they are intended for such as “Waiver for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbance comment” somewhere in the written submission or in the subject line of an e-mail. Comments and related responses will be available online following the end of the comment period, and comments will be accepted until December 21, 2014.

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