Medically Needy Program Eligibility


Is my child eligible for Medicaid?

If a youth was eligible for Medicaid prior to admission to CLIP, they will continue to be eligible during their treatment at LIP. If a child was not eligible for Medicaid prior to their CLIP admission, they will be eligible now due to the “Medically Needy Program (MNP)” Chapter 182-519 WAC  for more information regarding eligibility for the MNP.

How is eligibility determined?

Eligibility is determined based on income under the child’s name and the need for longer-term treatmetn. LCIP treatemtn is ver costly. The aveage monthly charge ranges from $14,000- $25,000. Most youth stay in treatmetn for at least six months. Very few families can afford this level of care to the National Medicaid rules allows children to be elible for Medicaid due to their need fo rlonger-term inpatient psychiatric treatmen and income under the child’s name regardless of the families income. Together federal and state governments share the total cost of the child’s treatemtn based on his or her elgibility fo rMedicaid. The federal governemtn decide that any income of the child (not the family) must help to pay towards this total cost.

What are examples of income under a child’s name?

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments int he child’s name
  • Socail Security Diabilty Survivor Benefits in the child’s name
  • Chld support payments
  • The child’s portion of a parent’s Social Security Disability Claim-this is called a dependent childe benefit
  • Trust funds or other investments that are in the child’s name

What if I already use the child’s income to pay for other crucial household expenses?

We ask you to take a lcose look at your household budget and think about what you can cut in order to follw the federal rulse. If you would lose your housing or your child’s discharege will be affected becasue of this payment, pease talk to your primary contact at the CLIP program. WE may be able to work out a payment arrangement or find ways to help with the child’s particiaption amount.

Questions? Call 206-588-2985


2940 Westlake Ave N. #301

Seattle, WA 98109

P: 206-588-2985 | F: 206-859-6432

Children's Long-term Inpatient Program (CLIP)