Hi all, I am not sure if this has been brought up before or not. I have seen alot of people on here trying to find services and a way to pay for them for their kids. My son has a medicaid waiver called an MR Waiver. He has medicaid and we get respite care and other needed therapy aides. It is really too indepth to go into in this post. It is definately a life saver. I have checked several states now and most states do provide a form of a state medicaid waiver that most autistic kids qualify for. The terms MR, or intelectual disability or developemental disability is listed in the name of the waiver. For some reason most states hide or make it difficult to find information on these waivers but they are there for most states if not all states. I haven't found a good way to check all states yet. But the waivers are federally funded and are not based on parent income, they do require income verification for the child. So if the child gets SSI or has a savings account or any other money in their name. There is routinely a waiting list for all of the waivers. From our experience it is well worth checking out. The easiest way to check is to call your local Department of Human services and ask what kind of waiver services are available. Don't ask for autism related services, chances are they won't tell you about a possible waiver. You should ask specifically for a developemental disability waiver or MR waiver, yes MR stands for Mental Retardation, not my favorite two words and no I don't think it applies to my child or most others but it is worth accepting the label if it gets him the much needed help. I hope this helps someone else. While it has not taken away all of the issues we face it has certainly made life a little easier.
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