Children’s Long-Term Support: Program Overview
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The Children’s Long-Term Support (CLTS) Program helps children with disabilities and their families through supports and services that help children grow and live their best lives. It is a home and community-based service waiver. It uses a Medicaid waiver to fund services for kids with disabilities. A waiver lets states use Medicaid to fund additional non-medical services and supports not normally offered. The CLTS Program aims to keep kids at home instead of at an institution.
In 2022, the federal government renewed the CLTS Program for five more years. Learn more about the waiver renewal process and changes.
Working as a team
Kids who are eligible for the CLTS Program work with a support and service coordinator. This person is from the local county health and human services agency. They help kids and families find CLTS services they need. Providers who register for the CLTS Program offer approved services for CLTS members.
Enrolling kids faster
We want all kids who need long-term support services to get them. Since 2017, we’ve worked to help more families access the CLTS Program. A big step was ending the program waitlist.
With funding from the state budget, we created a new enrollment process. It’s called continuous enrollment. This enrolls kids in CLTS as soon as they are eligible. Take a look at the Enrollment Dashboard to see our progress.
You also can hear from two CLTS families. They share why getting the services they need right away is so important.
Watch Malik's story:
Watch Ben's story:
Know a provider?
We serve more kids and families in CLTS now than ever before. This means we need more providers to keep up with demand. Help us recruit by sharing our message.
Our media kit has free tools. It includes flyers, social media posts, and more. Please use these to get the word out. Thank you for your support.