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

Youth currently enrolled in Medicaid:

If your child is already enrolled in Medicaid, then you can access mental health care without the assessment process. Simply contact your Optum Regional Representative found here:

Note: If you desire respite services, your family needs to go through the assessment process with Liberty Healthcare. Contact their website or call 1-877-305-3469. Liberty will conduct the Child and Adolescents Needs and Strengths (CANS) tool which will help your family to communicate your child and your family’s unique needs and strengths and determine the level of need for your child.

Youth currently without Medicaid:

Your child may be eligible for Medicaid YES services if your family’s income level is up to 300% above the poverty line and it is determined that your child is limited by their mental health challenges. If your child does not currently have Medicaid, begin by calling Liberty Healthcare via their website or call 1-877-305-3469. Liberty will conduct the Child and Adolescents Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment which will help your family to communicate your child and your family’s unique needs and strengths and determine the level of need for your child.

After completion of the CANS, if it is determined that your child qualifies for YES services, Liberty Healthcare will assist your family in applying for Medicaid.

Once your child is enrolled in Medicaid, then you can access YES services. Simply contact your Optum Regional Representative found here:

Families above 300% poverty:

You will still begin with Liberty Healthcare (via their website or call 1-877-305-3469 ) 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. If it is determined that your child qualifies for YES services and you cannot receive Medicaid because you are above the 300% poverty level, Children’s Mental Health in your region will help you access services.