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Children’s Long-Term Support: Waiver Renewal

We received federal approval to renew the Children’s Long-Term Support (CLTS) Program. The renewal became effective on Jan. 01, 2022.

What does waiver renewal mean?

The waiver renewal means that Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved these files:

The CMS-approved waivers are effective Jan. 01, 2022, through Dec. 31, 2026. These waivers let us continue CLTS. They allow us to offer services that help kids with disabilities and their families. The services aim to let kids live their best lives—now and in the future.

Why do we need to renew CLTS with CMS?

CLTS is a home and community-based services (HCBS) waiver. The federal government requires us to renew the CLTS waiver every five years. The CLTS waiver pays for non-medical services and supports. These help kids stay in their homes and communities.

Did anything change about CLTS during waiver renewal?

Before the renewal, we asked for feedback from kids, families, advocates, providers, and counties. This feedback helped shape the current program. The renewed CLTS program has:

  • A holistic approach to serve kids and families.
  • More focus on family needs.
  • Services and supports that center around children.

View the CLTS Waiver Renewal—Summary of Changes, P-002874.

Last revised May 20, 2022