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Programs for Children and Adults with Disabilities/"Medicaid Waivers"

New York State offers several programs for children and adults with physical, developmental, and emotional disabilities. Several programs cover clinical and support services regardless of family income.

Medicaid Waivers

Medicaid Waivers cover services for individuals with severe or complex health care needs, providing clinical and support services not normally covered by traditional Medicaid, and several programs do not consider family income for eligibility, "waiving" financial eligibility.

Click here to access a resource guide on the following Waiver programs, published by the New York State Department of Health. The guide is also available in SpanishFrenchRussian, and Chinese.

Children with Special Health Care Needs Program (CSHCN)

Under the CSHCN program, New York State offers support services for children with special needs and their families, including information and referral services and two financial assistance programs:

Early Intervention

A statewide government program for infants and toddlers (birth up to age 3) that offers free screenings and services to children suspected of having a developmental delay or disability. Delays may be in the following areas: cognitive, physical, communication, social/emotional, and/or adaptive.