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Children with Serious Emotional Disorder (CSED) Waiver Evaluations at Aspire Counseling

The West Virginia Bureau for Medical Services (BMS) defines "children with serious emotional disorder" as children ages 3-21 who, now or at any time in the past year, have had a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder of sufficient duration to meet the diagnostic criteria specific within the current (at time of evaluation) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) that results in functional impairment which substantially interferes with or limits the child's role or functioning in family, school, and/or community activities.

The CSED Waiver (CSEDW) program is designed to keep children with their families in their homes and communities rather than requiring placement in care facilities or group homes.  Through this program, children can receive comprehensive services aimed at leveraging the strengths of the existing family/support network and helping the child and their family develop the skills needed to cope with challenges, increase stability, and improve outcomes.

Our role in the CSEDW program involves conducting Independent Evaluations (IEs) for individuals ages 5-21.

This service is only offered by select therapists who have been trained as CSEDW Independent Evaluators.  It is available at both locations and via telehealth.

Our CSED Evaluators:

  • Ally Radenheimer

  • Amelia Burkhammer (coming soon!)

  • Brandi Trail

  • Bryan Stephey

  • Casey Day

  • Crista Nezhni

  • Kari Mika-Lude

  • Tiffany Triplett

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(304) 760-9945



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