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 Applications for Families

Introduction
Instructions for Parents/Guardian
What Happens Next?
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Introduction

The purpose of this section of the website is to assist families interested in obtaining autism waiver services for their child. Children will be able to enter the waiver program from the age of diagnosis until their sixth birthday. Services are provided to children diagnosed with:

  • Autism
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified.

The autism waiver services is limited to three years, however, an additional year may be submitted for approval. An additional year of service is available in some cases based upon a review process. Requirements for this one year extension of services beyond three years include the following:

  • The child must meet eligibility based on the Level of Care assessment at the annual review on the third year of services, and
  • Data collected by the Autism Specialist must document continued improvement.

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Instructions for Parents/Guardian

To apply for services click on this link and follow the directions:
this form must be completed in its entirety to be eligible.

https://oapub1.dcf.ks.gov/OAWeb/

Selection Process for Autism Services

Step 1

Section 1 requests basic information about your child and family. Personal information will be protected according to HIPPA guidelines. Please provide your child’s name, date of birth, social security number (or SSN), your name as the parent or guardian, your address, a phone number by which you can be reached, and if applicable a Medicaid Identification Number.

Step 2

Section 2 includes two components. The first part requires you to indicate with a check mark which Autism screening tool was used in your child’s diagnosis. Please check all that apply and if the screening tool is not listed, please specify which tool was used. The second part is a check list of needed items to accompany this application. Please check next to “Documentation of Autism diagnosis is attached” if you have enclosed diagnosis documentation. Put a check mark by the “Signature of licensed Medical Doctor or Ph.D. Psychologists” if a Medical Doctor or Ph.D. Psychologist has read, signed and dated the statement provided at the bottom of section 2.

Step 3

The fully completed application can be submitted three ways.
1. Faxed to CSS, at 785-296-0557,
2. Hand delivered to your local KDADS office to be time/date stamped and faxed to CSS, or
3. Mailed to:

Docking State Office Building
Attention: Community Supports & Services
915 SW Harrison, 9th Floor
Topeka, KS 66612

If a child meets the criteria for the HCBS Autism Waiver, the child will receive a letter from the Autism Program Manager informing them they have been placed on the Proposed Waiver Recipient List and their numerical position on the list. When a position on the waiver becomes available the Program Manager will contact the family to offer them the potential position. 

Timeline for Families

Once a child has been referred by the Program Manager for assessment, the Functional Eligibility Specialist has 5 working days to schedule a home visit and complete the functional eligibility assessment to determine if the child meets the established criteria. If the child meets the criteria, the Functional Eligibility Specialist will assist the family in completing the Medicaid application (if they do not have a Medicaid card) and refer to an Autism Specialist.

The Autism Specialist has 5 working days to contact the family to begin the development of the Individualized Behavioral Plan/Plan of Care.

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What Happens Next?
Timeline for Families
If a child meets the criteria for the HCBS Autism Waiver, the child will receive a letter from the Autism Program Manager informing them they have been placed on the Proposed Waiver Recipient List and their numerical position on the list. When a position on the waiver becomes available the Program Manager will contact the family to offer them the potential position.

Once a child has been referred by the Program Manager for assessment, the Functional Eligibility Specialist has 5 working days to schedule a home visit and complete the functional eligibility assessment to determine if the child meets the established criteria. If the child meets the criteria, the Functional Eligibility Specialist will assist the family in completing the Medicaid application (if they do not have a Medicaid card) and refer to an Autism Specialist.

The Autism Specialist has 5 working days to contact the family to begin the development of the
Individualized Behavioral Plan/Plan of Care.

Key Contacts for the Autism Waiver
Learn more about the Waiver
Find out who is providing services
Steps for Getting Started

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Learn more about the Kansas Governor’s Commission on Autism
http://www.kdads.ks.gov/CSP/Autism/Documents/Governor_202010_report.pdf
The Governor's Commission on Autism advises and makes recommendations to the Office of the Governor in regard to matters related to autism, families with an autistic child, and service providers. The Commission consists of 15 members appointed by the Governor.

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