Independent Living/Skills Building

Overview of Services:

Independent living/skills building services are designed to assist children who, are or will be, transitioning to adulthood with support in improving self-help, socialization and adaptive skills necessary to be successful in employment, housing, education and community life. Services are individualized according to each youth’s strengths, interests, skills, goals and are included on an individualized plan of care. It is expected that independent living/skills building activities take place in the community.

In-Home Respite is a short period of time when families are able to get relief while staff is available to provide care and support for the youth.

Examples could include (not an all-inclusive list):

  • a grocery or clothing store (teaching the young person how to shop for food, or what type of clothing is appropriate for interviews)
  • unemployment office (assist in seeking jobs, assisting the youth in completing applications for jobs)
  • apartment complexes (to seek out housing opportunities)
  • laundromats (how to wash own clothes)
  • life safety skills (ability to access emergency services, basic safety practices and evacuation)
  • physical and mental health care (maintenance, scheduling physician appointments)
  • recognizing when to contact a physician, self administration of medication, understanding purpose and

    possible side effects of medications

  • use of transportation (accessing public transportation, learning to drive, obtaining insurance)

    Transportation provided between the youth’s place of residence, other services sites, or places in the community.

    Services provided to children and youth must include communication and coordination with the family and/or legal guardian, including any agency legally responsible for the care or custody of the child. Coordination with other child-serving systems should occur, as needed, to achieve the treatment goals, and all coordination must be documented in the youth’s medical record.

    Independent living/skills building services do not duplicate any other Medicaid State Plan service or service otherwise available to recipient at no cost.

The eligibility criteria:

For Medicaid eligible: Any individual found eligible, through a CANS comprehensive screening, for enrollment in the CSoC program (HCBS, CSoC SED Waiver eligible or CSoC LON under 1915(b)(3)).

For other non-Medicaid eligible: Any individual found eligible, through a CANS comprehensive screening, for enrollment in the CSoC program, but not eligible for Medicaid (charged back to appropriate state agency or the family).

Resources and Next Steps:

  • Access the LBHP Service Definition Manual SDM (pages 8-9) for additional information on Provider Qualifications, Eligibility Criteria, Limitations/Exclusions, and Additional Service Criteria.
  • Click here for the LBHP Services Manual Codes and service fees.
  • LA-DHH-Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) certification is a prerequisite of contracting with Magellan

    Health Services as a provider in the LBHP. OBH Certification information can be found by clicking here.

  • Magellan contracting contact:

    Evon Roquemore, Phone: 225-367-3000 ext. 43188, or EHRoquemore@MagellanHealth.com.