Youth Empowerment Services

Camino Real Community Services can assess you for the Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Waiver. To learn more about the YES Waiver, read below.

General Information

What is YES Waiver?

The YES Waiver is a home and community based services waiver that allows for more flexibility in the funding of intensive community-based services to assist children and adolescents with severe emotional disturbances to live in the community with their families.

  • Reducing out-of-home placements and inpatient psychiatric treatment by all child-serving agencies;
  • Providing a more complete continuum of community-based services and supports;
  • Ensuring families have access to parent partners and other flexible non-traditional support services as identified in a family-centered planning process;
  • Preventing entry into the foster care system and relinquishment of parental custody; and
  • Improving the clinical and functional outcomes of children and adolescents.

In addition to the services already offered under Camino Real Community Services' Children's Mental Health Program, the following are services of the YES Waiver:
  • Adaptive Aids and Supports
  • Community Living Supports
  • Family Supports
  • Minor Home Modifications
  • Non-Medical Transportation
  • Paraprofessional Services
  • Professional Services
  • Respite
  • Supportive Family Based Alternatives
  • Transitional Services

Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Waiver Amendment

The Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Waiver has requested an amendment to the existing 1915(c) Waiver. A link to the YES website where the amendment is posted, is as follows:
The amendment is titled "YES Amendment 9 DRAFT".


Who is Eligible for the YES WAIVER?

Camino Real Community Services will assess you for eligibility.

Demographic Criteria
  • Be between 3 and 18 years of age;
  • Reside in Atascosa, Dimmit, Frio, Karnes, La Salle, Maverick, Mc Mullen, Wilson, or Zavala County; and
  • Reside in a non-institutional setting with the child's or adolescent's Legally Auhtorized Representative; or in the child's or adolescent's own home or apartment, if legally emancipated.
Clinical Criteria
  • Have serious functional impairment or acute severe psychiatric symptoms as indicated by:
    • Risk of Self Harm
    • Disruptive or Aggressive Behavior
    • Family Supports
    • School Behavior
    • Current Diagnosis
  • There is a reasonable expectation that, without YES Waiver services, the child or adolescent would qualify for inpatient care.
Financial Criteria

A child or adolescent must be eligible for Medicaid.

Who Do I Contact About Receiving Services?

Parents or the Legally Authorized Representative of an eligible child or youth who are interested in referring their child to YES Waiver Services must first contact Camino Real Community Services' YES Waiver Interest List Line at 1-877-271-9321. Camino Real Community Services maintains an Interest List for individuals interested in receiving YES Waiver services.

There is a first come first serve policy for YES Waiver services. The policy is based on the chronological date of registration on the YES Waiver Interest List.

For additional information or questions about the YES Waiver program, community partners or parents can e-mail YES Waiver staff at

What Is A Fair Hearing and How Do I Get One?

A fair hearing is a request to change a decision to change or deny services. Camino Real Community Services will notify the child or adolescent, and Legally Authorized Representative, of the right to a fair hearing. The conditions under which the individual or LAR may request a Fair Hearing include, but are not limited to:
  • An individual is denied participation in the YES Waiver, unless the reason for the denial is the program participation limit;
  • An individual is denied continued participation in the YES Waiver; or
  • YES Waiver services for an individual are denied, reduced, suspended, or terminated.
To request a Fair Hearing, please call or write to:
  • Texas Departmrnt of State Health Services
    Office of Consumer Services and Rights Protection
    Mail Code 2019
    P.O. BOX 12668, Austin TX.

  • Toll Free Number: 1-800-252-8154
    Local Number: 512-206-5760
    Relay Texas, Voice: 1-800-735-2988
    Relay Texas, TTY: 1-800-735-2989