The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Home and Community-based (HCBS) Waivers assist individuals with intellectual disabilities and are designed to maximize a person's potential, increase their independence and promote meaningful community connections. These waivers provide in-home, employment/vocational, and family support services for people who live in their own home, a family home or licensed settings.
With the Individual and Family Supports Waiver (IFS) individuals can receive a number of specialized services and supports and the authority to self-direct care as they desire. The goal of the IFS Waiver is to connect people in need with a support network, maximize their independence and promote community engagement.
Note: There may be a waiting list for this program.
See Also: There are two other DDS Medicaid Home and Community-Based Waivers to assist individuals with intellectual disabilities. The services provided for each are similar, but there are some differences.
To be eligible, applicants must meet the following requirements:
A person's assets must be less than $1,600 and income and entitlements less than three times their Supplemental Security Income payment. Working individuals may be eligible for the Working Disabled (SO5) Medicaid program which has higher income and asset limits. Only the assets of the applicant are considered, not family members.
Individuals who cannot afford the cost of care, but are over Medicaid's limits may still qualify. The state has a spend down program that evaluates an individual's care costs and their income. If it is calculated that an individual cannot meet their care costs, they can qualify for Medicaid by spending-down their income over the limit on their medically-necessary care costs.
Alternatively, individuals can also privately pay for services out-of-pocket until becoming eligible.
Individuals who are denied enrollment into one of the DDS waivers or who are denied requested waiver services have the right to request a hearing from the Department of Social Services. Notice of Fair Hearing Rights and the Hearing Request Form are provided to the individual with the written denial of enrollment or service.
Services offered through the IFS Waiver include:
People who have enrolled in the DDS IFS Waiver may not receive care immediately and may be placed on the DDS Waiting List until an open slot becomes available. DDS will notify people on the Waiting List when there is an available opening through the regional Planning and Resource Allocation Team (PRAT) process.
Applicants deemed eligible to receive services and their team will start the individual plan process and complete the waiver application and the Medicaid application if necessary. Case managers for people already receiving services can help them determine if they are waiver eligible and help complete the application process. Care recipients will be able to independently choose services and supports or work with a support broker for assistance.
To get an application form or for additional information, contact:
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