Connecting Children to Home and Community Based Services

The Children and Youth Evaluation Service (C-YES) is a statewide program that determines whether a child/youth (under age 21) is eligible for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS).

COVID-19. Protecting the families we serve.  

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, C-YES is using telephone or telehealth in place of in-person visits. This protects the health and well-being of the children, youth and families seeking HCBS, our nursing workforce and support staff.   

What are Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)?

HCBS are Medicaid services that give children and youth with intensive care needs the choice to stay in their homes and communities. HCBS are for children who, without these supportive services, would require the level of care provided in a more restrictive setting, such as a residential care facility, nursing home or psychiatric inpatient care.

If you know a child/youth who needs assistance to be able to live in their community, they may qualify for HCBS.


How does C-YES help? 

C-YES has Registered Nurses who meet with children/youth to determine whether they qualify for HCBS covered by New York State Medicaid. Children and youth who are not enrolled in Medicaid should be referred to C-YES to be evaluated for HCBS. C-YES also assists children and youth who seem eligible for HCBS to apply for Medicaid.

For more information about New York State Medicaid and how to apply for benefits, you can click on the link below for the Access NY Health Care Medicaid application (DOH 4220) from the NYS Department of Health.

Note: Children with Medicaid should be referred to a Health Home in the child/youth's community. Call C-YES if you need help finding a Health Home in your community.


How to refer a child/youth without Medicaid to be evaluated for HCBS?

C-YES accepts referrals from individuals and providers including a parent, wider family member, doctor, therapist, school guidance counselor, CBOs and others:


Individuals and families should call C-YES so that we can send you a Referral Form in the mail right away! You can mail back the form in a pre-paid envelope at no cost to you. Call C-YES at 1-833-333-CYES (1-833-333-2937). 


Providers and Organizations with secure email methods can download the Referral Form below.

Return the Form to: CYESREFERRAL@MAXIMUS.COM Be sure to include the child/youth's name and contact information!

C-YES Referral Form - English

C-YES Referral Form - Spanish

Health Home Opt Out Form - English

Health Home Opt Out Form - Spanish

All consumers seeking HCBS are required to have a Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts (LPHA) Attestation form completed. This process is supported by C-YES, but is not needed when referring a child/youth to C-YES. Please click here to learn more about the LPHA requirements and target criteria for each population type.


How do you learn more about HCBS evaluations?

C-YES is available to answer any questions you may have about HCBS and/or our services. Call C-YES at 1-833-333-CYES (1-833-333-2937). TTY: 1-888-329-1541.









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