MODIFY at WVU CED home

While our response to COVID-19 has changed the way we are doing things, our services to our MODIFY youth continue. All interactions with staff are done remotely via phone, email, or social media. All new referrals will be followed up in a timely manner. Staff work cell numbers and emails remain the same. For questions or additional information please feel free to contact Debra Huff at debra.huff@hsc.wvu.edu or 304-288-4130 or Crystal Hudnall at crystal.hudnall@hsc.wvu.edu or 304-356-4589. You can email or call us during regular business hours Monday-Friday.

A Letter to MODIFY Students

Services and Eligibility

Download the Overview of MODIFY Services fact sheet

Youth who are adopted after the age of 16 or placed in legal guardianship qualify for:

     
  • Education and Training Voucher Funds ($5,000 per school year) are available until they complete five years of school or until they reach the age of 26 whichever comes first.

Youth who age out of foster care qualify for:

     
  • Foster Care Tuition Waiver until they complete their first undergraduate program
  • Education and Training Voucher Funds ($5,000 per school year)are available until they complete five years of school or until they reach the age of 26 whichever comes first.
  • Independent Living Services under the Voluntary Placement Agreement (FC-18) until they reach the age of 23  
       
    • Independent Living Subsidy  
         
      • $200/month - Dorm
      • $900/month - Apartment
    • Housing Start-Up Funds ($1,100)

All current and former foster youth are invited to participate in West Virginia Foster Advocacy Movement, sponsored by the MODIFY program (enrollment not required).

**Former foster youth may qualify for West Virginia Medicaid up to the age of 26 under new provisions of the Affordable Care Act.**

Maintaining Eligibility:

  • Complete 80 percent of your coursework
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • Verification of enrollment, tuition, fees and grades
  • Maintain monthly contact with your worker via emails, texts, calls or visits
  • Submit your Budget/Productivity Form monthly
  • Be engaged in at least 40 hours per week of productive activity related to transition

Making a Referral:

  • Apply within six months of high school graduation or obtaining a high school equivalency
  • Apply up to their 26th birthday

To make a referral, call 1-866-720-3605 or visit www.modify.cedwvu.org.