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About the Autism Waiver

The information in this section of the website is summarized from documents found on the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services website:
Summary of Services

For more information about KDADS click here.

Children Served by the Autism Waiver

The target population for this waiver includes children with:

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

Children are able to enter the waiver program from the age of diagnosis until their sixth birthday. The autism waiver services are limited to three years, however, an additional year may be submitted for approval.

The institutional alternative for the Waiver program is a State Mental Health Hospital.

Eligibility for Services

To be eligible for the Autism Waiver services a child must:

Receive an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis by a licensed Medical Doctor or Ph.D. Psychologist using one of the following approved autism specific screening tools.

  • CARS – Childhood Autism Rating Scale
  • GARS – Gilliam Autism Rating Scale
  • ADOS – Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale
  • ADI – Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised
  • ASDS – Asperger Syndrome Diagnostic Scale
  • Other Autism specific tools are also approved on an individual basis by the KDADS Review Team

Please visit the Online Library for more information about these screening tools

When their position on the Autism Waiver waiting list comes up, the child will be assessed for a Level of Care Determination to establish functional eligibility for Waiver services. The Vineland II Survey Interview Adaptive Behavior Scales will be the tool used to assess functional eligibility.

A total score or a score on any two elements of the Adaptive areas (Communication, Daily Living Skills, Socialization, and Motor skills) of two standard deviations below the mean (score of 70) makes a child eligible for the Waiver.

OR

A total score or a score on any two elements of the Adaptive areas (Communication, Daily Living Skills, Socialization, and Motor skills) of one standard deviation below the mean (score of 85) prompts the assessor to review the scores on the Maladaptive Behaviors (internal, external, or total). If the Maladaptive Score on the internal, external or total is clinically significant the child is eligible for the Waiver.

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Selection Process for Autism Services

Timeline for Families


This form must be completed in its entirety to be eligible.

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. Please check 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.

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 already 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.

Functional Eligibility Specialists
Once a child and family has been referred to the Functional Eligibility Specialist for a Level of Care (functional) determination, the Specialist shall complete the assessment within 5 business days from time of initial referral.

The Functional Eligibility Specialist shall perform the Level of Care (functional) determination necessary to establish a child’s eligibility for the HCBS Autism Waiver program using the Vineland II Survey Interview Adaptive Behavior Scales.

If a child is found to be eligible for Autism Waiver services, the Specialist will aid the child and the child’s family in completion of the Medicaid application (if necessary) and gaining access to needed medical, social, educational, and other services through the provision of information and referral and related activities. Throughout provision of all information and referral services, the Specialist will promote and ensure participant choice.

The Functional Eligibility Specialist shall perform the child’s annual assessment utilizing the Vineland II Survey Interview Adaptive Behavior Scales for each year that the child receives HCBS Autism Waiver services.

Functional Eligibility Specialists must have the following characteristics:

  • Documentation indicating they have met the qualifications set forth by Pearson Assessments as a Level 3 tester. Information can be found at this website.
  • Provided proof of professional liability insurance and automobile liability insurance coverage.
  • Have successfully passed back grounds check from the Kansas Bureau of Investigations (KBI) KDADS Adult and Child Protective Services Registries, (APS) (CPS), Kansas Health & Environment Nurse Aid Registry, and Motor Vehicle screen.

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Four Major Services Provided through the Autism Waiver

There are four major types of services provided in the HCBS Autism Medicaid Waiver. These services include:

1) Consultative Clinical and Therapeutic Services are intended to assist the family and paid support staff or other professionals in carrying out the Individual Behavioral Program/ Plan of Care (IBP/POC) that supports the child’s functional development and inclusion in the community. This is monitored by an Autism Specialist. Autism Specialist will assess the child and family’s strengths and needs, develop the IBP/POC, provide training and technical assistance to the family and paid support staff in order to carry out the program, and monitor the child’s progress within the program and of the family and/or other providers implementation of the program.

2) Intensive Individual Support providers assist the child with an ASD in acquiring, retaining, improving, and generalizing the self-help, socialization, and adaptive skills necessary to function successfully in the home and community. Intensive Individual support workers will provide services directly to the child through evidence-based and data driven methodologies. They will be trained and work under the Autism Specialist.

3) Respite Providers provide temporary direct care and supervision of the child. The primary purpose is to provide relief to families of a child with an ASD. This can include assistance with normal activities of daily living and support in home and community settings.

4) Parent Support and Training providers promote engagement and active participation of all family members in all aspects of the treatment process. This involves assisting the family in acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and address the specific needs of the child in relation to Autism Spectrum Disorder. The services will enhance the family’s skills by providing specific problem solving skills, coping mechanisms, and help in developing strategies for the child’s maladaptive behaviors and behavior management.

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Training Opportunities for Service Providers

More information about training for the following providers is available at the Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training (KCART) website.

Click here for Information on the training requirements.

Click on the button below to go directly to overviews of the training for each provider, training events calendar and more

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