Children's Personal Care Services

Children's Personal Care Services

two Vermont moms with their two little boys

Sometimes children need extra help with their daily self-care routine.  Children’s Personal Care Services may be able to help families and caregivers to pay for one-on-one assistance for a child that needs assistance with dressing, bathing, grooming, toileting, eating and/or mobility.

Who is eligible for Children’s Personal Care Services?

To be eligible, a child must:

  • Be younger than age 21
  • Have Vermont Medicaid
  • Be diagnosed with a health condition or disability by a doctor, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner or other licensed clinician; and
  • Need help with tasks like dressing, bathing, grooming, toileting, eating or mobility
How does a family apply for Children’s Personal Care Services?

To apply for services, the family must work with a trained assessor to complete the Children’s Personal Care application. Children with Special Health Needs also has care coordinators around the state who can help. Once the application is done, the assessor sends it to Children’s Personal Care Services to review and make a decision.

How does a family access services for their child?

Children’s Personal Care Services is mostly a family-directed support. This means that families have control over who, how and when someone provides care to their child, within Medicaid guidelines.

Many people can become your Children’s Personal Care Services employee, or personal care attendant, and families or caregivers can hire the best person to meet the needs of their child. There are, however, a few rules about who can and cannot be hired – including policies relating to family members, age of paid caregivers and background checks. See the program guidelines.

Families and caregivers use a payroll agent to help them pay personal care attendants (currently, ARIS Solutions). The payroll agent does more than just write checks. The payroll agent also makes sure that background checks are run, state and federal taxes are paid, and employees are covered by Unemployment and Workers’ Compensation Insurance.

A completed Children’s Personal Care Services application includes –
Information about using Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) with Children’s Personal Care Services
Upcoming Children's Personal Care Services Assessor Trainings
  • Thursday, September 29, 2022 from 1:00PM-3:00PM on Microsoft Teams
  • Thursday, October 27, 2022, from 1:00PM-3:00PM on Microsoft Teams
  • Wednesday, November 16, 2022, from 10:00AM-12:00PM on Microsoft Teams
 

If you are a provider and/or work at a designated agency and would like to sign up for this training or get more information, please email [email protected].

Contact Us:

Children with Special Health Needs
Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry Street, PO Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402

Tel: 800-660-4427 or 802-863-7338
Fax: 802-863-7635