Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) Waiver Application

Summary of Proposed Changes Specific to SED Waiver

KDADS has been holding meetings with the SED Waiver Workgroup to discuss the impact of the CMS final rules and eventually SED waiver renewal recommended changes. This document is a summary of the recommendations of that work-group. For more information on the public comment opportunity, please see the news release posted in the Media Center here.  

The Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) Waiver serves as an alternative to inpatient psychiatric treatment for children and youth with mental health disorders. The waiver provides for the traditional Medicaid financial criteria to be waived and for children to be assessed for Medicaid financial eligibility based solely upon the child’s income and resources and not that of the household. In addition to traditional Mental Health Services (Outpatient Therapy and Medication Management, for example) and State Plan Medicaid Services (Targeted Case Management and Community Psychiatric Support and Treatment, for example), SED Waiver members can access an additional six (6) services not otherwise available:

  • Parent Support, Education and Training
  • Attendant Care
  • Professional Resource Family Care
  • Wrap around Facilitation
  • Short Term Respite Care
  • Independent Living/Skills Building

SED Waiver services are provided by Community Mental Health Centers around the state. Only a qualified mental health professional (QMHP) employed by one of the centers can determine if a child or youth meets the clinical criteria for SED Waiver eligibility.

SED Waiver Forms

Submitting an SED Waiver Eligibility Exception

Providers should do the following in order to access the WSU website for SED Waiver eligibility exception requests: 
  1. Go to
  2. Click on the Admin Access icon in the upper right hand corner of the text box
  3. Sign in with member name and password
    • If providers need a member name and password, they should email Stacy Rucker.
  4. On the black horizontal bar is a link that says “Manage Your Staff” – click on it
  5. A menu will appear and the waiver exception request application is the second from the bottom in the blue menu. 
  6. Fill out the form with the necessary information
  7. Click on the “Submit” link at the bottom of the page.
  8. The provider will receive an email after the KDADS central office staff person has reviewed the application and made a decision as to whether to approve, deny, or pend the request.