What is a Serious Emotional Disturbance Waiver (SEDW)?

SED waivers provide additional services to Medicaid State Plan coverage for youth with a Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED).

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) provides community-based services to enable youth who would otherwise require hospitalization to remain in home and community settings, and who would otherwise not be eligible for Medicaid-funded supports.

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1. What is a Serious Emotional Disturbance Waiver (SEDW)?
2. What are the criteria to receive a SEDW?
3. What screening tools are used to diagnose a SED and determine SEDW eligibility?
4. Who oversees SED waivers?
5. How do families apply for a SEDW?
6. Who is responsible for SEDW service coordination?
7. How are a child’s service needs determined?
8. Can individuals continue to receive SEDW services after the age of 18?