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Getting Started with YES

Youth Empowerment Services

Getting Started with YES

If at any point you need support in navigating services please contact our Family Support Line

In order to access YES services

  • Your child must have a mental, behavioral or emotional issue which limits the ability to participate in family, school, or community activities
  • Your child must be under 18
  • Have a family income under 300% of Federal Poverty level
  • But if your family is above 300% you may still have access with some cost sharing

*Note: If your child has Medicaid and you want to access Respite services, your family needs to go through the assessment process with Liberty Healthcare. Contact their website, www.libertyhealthcare.com, or call 1-877-305-3469. Liberty will conduct an interview with the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) tool which will help your family to communicate your child’s and your family’s unique needs and strengths and determine the level of need for your child. This process will confirm your child’s diagnosis and will also qualify your child for Respite services if they are found to have a serious emotional disturbance (SED).

Youth currently enrolled in Medicaid:

If your child is already enrolled in Medicaid, then you can access community-based mental health care by simply contacting your Optum Field Care Coordinator*.

Optum Regional Representative

Youth currently without Medicaid:

Your child may be eligible for Medicaid YES services if:

  • your family’s income level does not exceed 300% of the Federal Poverty Level and
  • it is determined that your child is limited by their mental health challenges, referred to as a serious emotional disturbance (SED).

In order to determine your child’s level of need, contact Liberty Healthcare through their website, www.libertyhealthcare.com, or call 1-877-305-3469. Liberty will conduct an interview with the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) tool which will help your family to communicate your child’s and your family’s unique needs and strengths and determine the level of need for your child. Liberty Healthcare will assist your family in applying for Medicaid if that is appropriate.

Once your child is enrolled in Medicaid, then you can access YES services. Simply contact your Optum Field Care Coordinator in the list of Optum Regional Representatives found here:

Optum Regional Representative

Families above 300% poverty:

You may or may not know if your family’s income is above 300% of the Federal Poverty Level. Either way you will still begin with Liberty Healthcare to complete the CANS assessment to qualify for YES services.

Then, you will need to apply for Medicaid to demonstrate that you are not eligible. Liberty will assist with this process. If Liberty determines that your child qualifies for YES services but you cannot receive Medicaid because you are above the 300% Federal Poverty Level, you can access YES services through your local Children’s Mental Health (CMH) office.

Optum Regional Representative
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