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Medicaid Waiver

Posted 04/19/2022

What’s a Waiver?

A waiver is a Medicaid-funded Home and Community Based Waiver program to provide services to adults and children in a community setting and allow individuals to continue living in their own homes. Indiana offers two types of waivers: Community Integration and Habilitation Waiver (CIH) and a Family Supports Waiver (FSW).

What services will the waiver pay for?

There are a variety of services the waiver budget will help pay for, which includes: Adult Day Services, Behavioral Support Services, Case Management, Residential Habilitation Services, Day Habilitation, Extended Services, Facility-Based Services, Family & Caregiver Training, Music, Occupational and Recreational Therapies, Participant Assistant and Care, Respite, Remote Supports, and Transportation to list off some of what the waiver(s) offer.

How do I start receiving services?

If you’re eligible for a waiver, you will work with a case manager to develop a Person-Centered Individual Support Plan to highlight what’s most important to you. You can then decide what services you’d like to receive, and your case manager will give you a picklist with all the providers who offer those services.

How to qualify for a waiver?

To qualify for the waiver program an individual must meet the following criteria.

  1. Have active Indiana Medicaid
  1. Been diagnosed with a developmental and/or intellectual disability (or other related conditions) before the age of 22, and this condition is expected to continue indefinitely.
  1. Meet Level of Care, which is assessed by 6 major life categories: self-care, learning, self-direction, capacity for independent living, understand and use of language and mobility.
  1. Individuals must show limitations in at least 3 of the 6 major life categories.
  1. FSW only – individuals over 18 must apply and be eligible for Social Security benefits.

Interested in applying for a waiver? Individuals interested in applying for a waiver need to reach out to their local BDDS office (Bureau of Developmental Disability Services) to apply or visit their website at FSSA: DDRS: Developmental Disability Services ( to apply online.

Need to apply for Indiana Medicaid? Apply online, or at your local FSSA office or visit their website at Benefits Portal ( to apply online.

Need to apply for Social Security Benefits? Apply online at Online Services | SSA

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