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Home and Community-Based Waivers

Medicaid home and community –based waiver programs offer greater opportunity for individuals to live, work and recreate in the community setting of their chose. Waiver opportunities are based on a state wide list of applicants. To apply for a Waiver opportunity, the applicant must apply through the entry process and have been determined eligible. If you have applied and have a Statement of Approval (SOA), and do not know the date you are on the list (Registry), you may call FPHSA and ask for a DD staff person who will provide you with the date. The date currently being serviced is on the OCDD website.

Children’s Choice Waiver

The Children's Choice Waiver offers supplemental support to children through age 18 who currently live at home with their families.  The service package of up to $16,410 per year is designed for maximum flexibility and includes Support Coordination and options of Respite/Family Support, Family Training, Specialized Medical Equipment, Environmental Accessibility Adaptations and therapy services.  Families who choose the Children’s Choice waiver do not remain on the Developmental Disabilities Request for Services Registry.  Waiver participants are eligible for all medically necessary Medicaid services, including Early Periodic Screening, Diagnostics and Treatment (EPSDT) screenings and extended services.  Children who “age out” (reach their 19th birthday) will transfer into an appropriate waiver for adults as long as they remain eligible for waiver services.

New Opportunities Waiver (NOW)

The New Opportunities Waiver offers home or community-based services to people age 3 and older who would otherwise require the level of care found in an Intermediate Care Facility (ICF/IDs).  The NOW includes an array of services aimed at assisting people to live as independently as possible by supplementing the family and/or community supports while supporting dignity and quality of life.  The NOW is appropriate for those individuals whose health and welfare can be assured via an individualized support plan and for whom home and community based waiver services represent a least restrictive environment alternative.  The NOW is intended to provide specific, activity focused services rather than continuous custodial care.

Residential Options Waiver (ROW)

The Residential Options Waiver is designed to offer services necessary to support people of all ages in moving from an ICF/IDs or nursing home to a community-based setting.  It is a capped waiver with the person’s individual annual budget being based on the person’s support needs and the current ICF/ID budget rate.

Supports Waiver

This waiver offers a way to provide options and meaningful opportunities through vocational training and inclusion to individuals who are age 18 or older who would otherwise require the level of care found in an ICF/ID. These options include Support Coordination, Day Habilitation, Prevocational services, Supported Employment, Respite, Permanent Supportive Housing Transition and Stabilization, and Personal Emergency Response Systems.

Permanent Supportive Housing for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Permanent Support Housing support services assist waiver recipients to obtain and maintain successful tenancy in Louisiana’s Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) Program. Housing stabilization transition services or housing stabilization services are provided to Children’s Choice Waiver, New Opportunities Waiver and Supports Waiver recipients when they are offered an opportunity by the PSH program. A person with or without the assistance of the Support Coordinator may apply for Permanent Supported Housing by calling the Permanent Supportive Housing program. The phone number is 1.844.698.9075 or visit their website by clicking HERE.