Relationship Rescue: When to Start Preparing for Ongoing Services?
Question: When is it appropriate for me to prepare for ongoing services for my child when they “age out” of school?
Advice: I have had many parents of special needs children ask this question. My response is typically, “what are you waiting for?” I have urged parents to jump on Medicaid as soon as the child has gone into middle school. Medicaid is such a long, drawn out process that it doesn’t hurt to engage some support from a caseworker within the system who understands how difficult it is. Then, there is the process of the Medicaid Waiver. This usually follows a denial or means that the child is being considered. It’s important to understand that the requirement is not poverty. There are incredible services offered to special needs adults via the Medicaid system that would not be eligible without this important service.
Each state has its own criteria, so it’s important to do your research. Transportation to and from jobs is included, as well as respite and training programs for job readiness.
If there are any questions regarding Medicaid, contact your Social Security Office to point you in the right direction. Remember that you are your child’s best advocate!
Happy New Year!
Robin Newman LCSW PC
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This post originally appeared on our January/February 2012 Magazine