Children’s Waiver Services

The Children’s Waiver Service (CWS) is created to provide home based enhancement of independent skill development for individuals over the age of three who have been clinically diagnosed as having a developmental disability. Eligibility is reviewed annually. Because of the limited number of slots available for CWS program, eligible individuals are placed on a waiting list and screened for placement based on a priority score and openings statewide.

Age Criteria
Birth until individual’s 22nd birthday with transitioning out often completed by age eighteen or when the young person graduates from high school.

Eligibility Criteria
Developmentally disabled individuals must have a signed diagnostic statement from a qualified clinician indicating the individual meets the state definition, including an IQ level below 70 AND intensive medical, behavioral or developmental needs AND at risk of out of home placement if intervention does not occur AND meet Medicaid eligibility on the child’s income  only.

Program Placement
Individuals meeting eligibility criteria will be placed on a waiting list.  Placement is based on length of time on waiting list and are selected by the state of Montana.