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Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) Waiver Program

The Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) waiver provides children, with some mental health conditions, special intensive support to help them remain in their homes and communities. The term “serious emotional disturbance” refers to a diagnosed mental health condition that substantially disrupts a child's ability to function socially, academically, and/or emotionally. Parents and children are actively involved in planning for all services.


  • Parent Support and Training
  • Independent Living/Skills Building
  • Short Term Respite Care
  • Wraparound Facilitation
  • Professional Resource Family Care
  • Attendant Care


  1. Be age 4-18 years old;
  2. Have a diagnosed mental health condition which substantially disrupts the ability to function socially, academically, and/or emotionally;
  3. Be at risk of inpatient psychiatric treatment;
  4. Meet CAFAS assessment and CBCL threshold for eligibility;
  5. Be financially eligible for Medicaid.


To apply for the SED waiver, contact your local Community Mental Health Center (CMHC). A list of all CMHCs by county is published on Page 12 of the Access Guide.

The Access Guide contains additional information regarding enrollment details.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What happens next?

Additional Information

For additional information or assistance you may follow the provided link to contact the KanCare Ombudsman.

Renewal Information

Find waiver status, renewal, and public comment information here: Serious Emotional Disturbance Waiver Information.

Contact Information

SED Waiver Program Manager:
Sam Philbern


[email protected]


Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
Attention: Home and Community Based Services
503 S. Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66603-3404