Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) Program

‚ÄčThe term “serious emotional disturbance” (SED) refers to a diagnosed mental health condition that substantially disrupts a child's ability to function socially, academically, and/or emotionally.

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Final Waiver

HCBS Draft Proposals for Public Comment

Please visit the HCBS Program Renewal Information page to view the SED program renewal information.


Services provided under the SED waiver are for children 4 to 18 years of age who experience serious emotional disturbance and who are at risk of inpatient psychiatric treatment. SED waiver services provide children with special intensive support so they may remain in their homes and communities. Parents and children are actively involved in planning for all services. The SED waiver is a federal Medicaid waiver program. Local Community Mental Health Centers provide services covered by the program. Children who meet eligibility requirements will receive a medical card and are eligible for Medicaid physical and behavioral health services.

 SED Waiver Services Include:

  • Wraparound Facilitator: A person who works with the family and their identified supports to set treatment goals and decide on services for the child and family.
  • Parent Support and Training: Services designed to provide education, assistance, and other support to parents and families.
  • Independent Living Skills Building: Staff supported development of the skills needed in order to live independently.
  • Attendant Care: A staff person who helps the child with daily tasks.
  • Professional Resource Family Care (Crisis Stabilization): Intensive support services provided to the child outside the home in a safe environment.
  • Short Term Respite Care: A service given inside or outside the home to provide caregivers and the child a break.

SED Program Manager Contact Information

To receive additional information about the HCBS SED program please contact the SED Program Manager, Sam Philbern. He can be reached in the following ways:

  •  Phone: (785) 296-6843
  • Fax: (785) 296-0256
  • Mail: Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
             New England Building
             503 S. Kansas Ave.
             Topeka, KS 66603-3404

Parent Fee

A small portion of the costs for services may be billed to parents or guardians by the State of Kansas, based upon available resources. A child cannot be denied services or be removed from the SED waiver because of nonpayment of the Partial Parent Fee.

For more information about the parent fee program, you may contact:

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, Parent Fee Program
503 South Kansas Avenue
Topeka, KS 66603-3404