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Vehicle modification reimbursement instructions

You may be eligible for the reimbursement of costs incurred for vehicle modification. Vehicle modification is limited to modifications to meet a child's special needs upon which eligibility for a permanency benefit was approved. Reimbursement is limited to once every five years per family. Vehicle modifications include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Door widening
  • Lifting devices
  • Wheelchair securing devices
  • Adapted seats
  • Handrails and grab bars
  • Door handle replacements
  • Air conditioning required due to a child's medical condition.

You must obtain prior authorization from the DHS Permanency Support staff. The following documentation is required before prior authorization can be granted:

  • A letter from you with the following information:
    • Name of child for whom vehicle modification is requested
    • Name of adoptive parent(s)
    • Adoptive parents' address, phone number and email address
    • Description of the vehicle modification
    • A short description about your child's special needs, and why the vehicle modification is necessary.
  • A letter from a medical professional stating how the vehicle modification will meet your child's special needs
  • A denial letter from the social service agency in your county stating that you have been denied services for the vehicle modification, and the reason for the denial.
  • Two detailed bids for the vehicle modification.
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