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HCBS

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Understanding HCBS and how it works

What is HCBS?

What Is Home and Community-Based Services Waiver?
The OPWDD Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver operated by the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD formaly called OMRDD) is a program of supports and services that enables adults and children with developmental disabilities to live in the community as an alternative to a residential Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs).

Why Do I Need Waiver Services?

It is OPWDD's primary funding mechanism for supporting individuals in the community by providing a variety of services and supports that are uniquely tailored and individualized to meet each person's needs. These services can include habilitation services (residential, day and recreational services) respite care and adaptive technologies. Services are provided either by OPWDD's Developmental Disabilities Services Office (DDSO) staff or through voluntary not-for-profit agencies who have been authorized to provide HCBS waiver services by OPWDD.

How Do I Get Waiver Services?

You must have OPWDD ELIGIBILITY AND MEDICAID AND A MEDICAID SERVICE COORDINATOR (MSC) to receive these waiver services.

  1. Have a documented diagnosis of a developmental disability,
  2. Be eligible for the ICF/MR level of care,
  3. Be Medicaid eligible
  4. Have an Individual Service Plan (ISP) which defines the desired services, and
  5. Have chosen HCBS waiver services (community) over institutional care.

A person who is eligible and lives in NYS can request to be enrolled in the HCBS waiver by contacting the DDSO or a provider agency that serves the county in which the person lives.

Need More Help?

Arc of Westchester's Navigation Team is here for you. For more information on how Arc of Westchester can work with you on these many Transitions Issues, contact Carol Gearing of the Arc of Westchester at (914) 495-4620 or by email at [email protected].