State and Federal Resources

SoonerStart
SoonerStart is Oklahoma’s early intervention program designed to meet the needs of infants and toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays. Contact SoonerStart to set up a time where they can come to your house to evaluate the therapy needs of your child. It is a service that offers occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy in your home at no charge. Early intervention is important! Call 1-800-426-2747 or visit www.okdhs.org for more information.

State Supplemental Income (SSI) Acceptance or Denial
Contact your local Social Security office to find out if you qualify for financial assistance and/or Medicaid. If the child is under 18, qualification is based on the family’s income. Even if you know you will not qualify, it is important that you apply and receive your SSI denial letter. This is needed for various other applications including TEFRA.  Call 1-800-772-1213 or visit www.ssa.gov/applyfordisability.

Department of Human Services (DHS) Programs
Call 918-560-4700 or 1-800-522-1075 or visit www.okdhs.org.

  • Family Assistance Program
    • Family Support Assistance payments – Call DHS to receive a form to apply for this program. It is a cash payment program for families who are caring for children under 18 at home. In this program, families can receive payments of $250-$400 per month depending on the number of children with disabilities in the home. Families who meet the income eligibility may choose this cash payment in lieu of the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Waiver (HCBW) Services. This program is funded through state dollars.
  • In Home Supports Waiver (also known as Waivered Services)
    • Contact the Department of Human Services (DHS) to place your child on the waivered services waiting list. Your child is not eligible for services until the age of three, but the waiting list is long, so it is important to get on the waiting list as soon as possible. In-Home Supports Waiver allow individuals and families to select services necessary for each individual to remain in his or her own home or family home. Eligible children, ages 3 through 17, may receive up to $12, 360 of services per year through the IHSW – children. Eligible adults, 18 years or older, may receive up to $18,540 of services per year through the IHSW – Adult. These waivers are not cash payment programs and all services are provided through agencies contracting with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.
  • TEFRA
    • The Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) of 1992 allows children with physical or mental disabilities, who would not normally be eligible for State Supplemental Income (SSI) benefits because of their parent’s income or resources, to become eligible for SoonerCare (Medicaid). If you have primary insurance, this acts as a secondary insurance and allows you to have medical, dental coverage as well as occupational, speech and physical therapy at no cost if your medical provider accepts Medicaid.


Little Light House
Have you placed your child on the waiting list for the Little Light House? The Little Light House is a Christian developmental center for children ages 0-6. The current wait list is between 2-3 years so don’t wait! The Little Light House provides highly individualized educational and therapeutic services to children of all disabilities. And it’s tuition free! Contact the Little Light House at 918-664-6746. For more information, visit www.littlelighthouse.org.

Oklahoma Family Network
Formerly SPAN and Neonatal Parents Network. Oklahoma’s Parent to Parent group that provides one on one parental support for families raising children with special needs. Visit www.oklahomafamilynetwork.org for more information.

Special Olympics – Oklahoma
Special Olympics Oklahoma provides a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. For more information call 918-481-1234 or visit www.sook.org.

TARC
TARC provides information, support and advocacy programs for people with developmental disabilities throughout the state. Call 918-582-8272 or visit www.ddadvocacy.net.

Sooner SUCCESS
Sooner SUCCESS offers community based services available to any children under the age of 21 with special needs. They connect families to information and services in the community that will meet their child’s unique needs. Call 1-877-441-0434 or visit http://soonersuccess.ouhsc.edu/ for more information.