Questions and Answers
A Medicaid Waiver is money that can pay for services for people with developmental disabilities. These services can take place in the person’s home or in the community. Both children and adults can be supported by Medicaid Waiver services.
Medicaid usually pays for doctor appointments, hospital expenses, medicine, therapy and some adaptive equipment. The Medicaid Waiver allows for Medicaid to be used to pay for additional services. The state writes a plan that tells what kind of services will be provided under their Medicaid Waiver program. The federal government has to approve the Medicaid Waiver plan. The Medicaid Waiver dollars are part state and part federal money.
The Office of Developmental Disabilities has written two new waivers. These new waivers are designed to give people more control over how their service dollars are spent. The NOW waiver will provide support to people who do not need 24 hour care. The COMP waiver will provide support to people who need 24 hour care. -(Understanding The Medicaid Waiver, published by The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, Fall 2006).
- Behavioral Support Consultation
- Community Access
- Community Guide
- Community Living Support
- Community Residential Alternative
- Environmental Accessibility Adaptation
- Supported Employment
- Financial Support Services
- Specialized Medical Equipment/Supplies
The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) oversees the NOW and COMP Waiver process. Click here to contact your Regional Office in order to apply for a Medicaid Waiver. Select the region in which you live for their contact information.
Steps to Apply for NOW or COMP Waiver
a. Contact Intake and Evaluation Team at the Regional Office for application.
b. Receive a letter of eligibility determination from the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) after going through their application process.
c. Individual will begin receiving services OR be placed on a waiting list.
What happens during the wait?
Short Term Waiting List- Support coordinators are assigned to individuals on the Short Term List to advocate for a waiver on the individuals’ behalf and connect the individual to available resources while waiting.
Long Term Waiting List- There is an annual review of the individual’s needs.
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Jonesboro Adult Health & Day Support Center is a community-based service center that provides services to the disabled, chronically ill, frail, elderly and participants diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Our center allows enrolled individuals access to services that they need through activities that support each person as a unique individual during their time at the center.