As our first program in 2002, CHDFS has partnered with various agencies through subcontracts to offer the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) Home and Community Based Service (HCBS) Waiver. This federally funded program serves children with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) by working in their homes and communities to decrease the need for placement in psychiatric inpatient levels of care.

In order to address their complex health needs, the HCBS Waiver utilizes and individualized, strength-based approach to aid children in building resiliency, achieving age-related developmental tasks, and maintaining emotional well-being. Services under this program include:

  • Skill Building (SB)
  • Respite Services (RS)
  • Family Support Services (FSS)
  • Intensive In-Home Services (IIH)

Our Waiver Providers diligently work with participants to help fulfill their self-determined goals, and goes beyond to offer the best possible care. We believe in the potential of the individual, the bonds of family, and the strength of community. Our OMH Waiver Providers serve as guides, mentors, and role models – all so that the foundations of a child and family’s strength can be rebuilt to reach new heights. At CHDFS, we believe every child has skill, talent and potential. It is our commitment to help them achieve these goals in order to overcome any challenge they face.


  1. Meet Clinical Requirements, Including:
    • have a serious emotional disturbance (SED) ;
    • be between the ages of 5 and 18 on the effective date of enrollment; the child can be served in Waiver until s/he turns 21, however, s/he must be enrolled prior to his/her 18th birthday;
    • demonstrate complex health and mental health needs;
    • be capable of being cared for in the home and/or community if Waiver services are provided; and
  2. Child/Adolescent Can Be Enrolled in Medicaid 
  3. Child/Adolescent  Must Meet Fiscal Requirements

Contact the OMH Department

For questions and to see if you qualify for the OMH HCBS Waiver Program, please contact Jonathan Dennehy (Waiver Director) at (212) 695-4564.