What's New

Changes effective January 1, 2018

The Medicaid Independent Assessor (Liberty Healthcare) will be available to assess children who may have a serious emotional disturbance (SED)*. This assessment is required to gain Medicaid eligibility and access Medicaid-covered respite services:

  • Families with incomes up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) are not currently eligible for Medicaid but want to apply for Medicaid coverage.
  • Families wish to access Medicaid-covered respite service.

Medicaid will pay for respite services that are identified on a person-centered plan as one of the service needs of the child. Person-centered planning is a process directed by the individual and family to identify the strengths, capacities, preferences, needs and desired outcomes of the individual to create a treatment plan

Visit the Contact Us page for who to contact for questions related to children's mental health, or email the YES team.

What’s coming next?

New and enhanced services are scheduled to begin rolling out on July 1, 2018 as part of the YES program. In 2018, families and child-serving providers will have a checklist to help identify children in Idaho who may have undiagnosed serious emotional disturbance (SED) and assist them in getting the help they need.