Children’s Waiver Services provide resources and supports to meet the needs of families with a child with a developmental disability. There is an extensive state-wide waiting list for waiver services. Children and adults are picked up for this service based on length of time on the waiting list. Children should be referred to DEAP to get placed on this waiting list as soon as possible in order for them to receive this intensive service.
Children’s Waiver Services provide a Family Support Specialist to work with families, as well as a cost plan that may provide a Direct Support Professional to work one-on-one with the child, respite to provide families with a break in caring for their child, adaptive equipment, environmental modifications such as a wheelchair ramp, transportation, and other services as needed. This service also provides Medicaid for the child regardless of parent income.
Who is Eligible?
Children and adults who are diagnosed with an intellectual disability (IQ 70 or below) and with significant needs may be eligible for this service. Children ages 8 and up need to be determined eligible by the Montana Developmental Disabilities Program. DEAP can help with this eligibility process for children. Children and adults ages 16 and up can also receive help with eligibility from AWARE.
How is a Referral Made?
Anyone can make a referral with parent/guardian approval by calling Sandy Peaslee, Early Intervention Director, at 234-6034, or by filling out and faxing a referral form (download here) to 406-234-7018, or by mailing it to DEAP, 2200 Box Elder, Suite 151, Miles City, MT 59301.
Where are services provided?
DEAP provides this service in 10 counties in Southeastern Montana: Carter, Custer, Dawson, Fallon, Garfield, Powder River, Prairie, Rosebud, Treasure, and Wibaux.
For more information on Developmental Disabilities Services in Montana, click here.