Waivers provide an alternative to nursing facilities for people of all ages with disabilities. They are designed to provide services that supplement informal provisions for people who would require care in a nursing facility if the waiver or other support systems were not available.
Services provided outside of the Participant’s home that support learning and assistance in the areas of: self-care, sensory/motor development, socialization, daily living skills, communication, community living, and social skills. Community-based activities are intended to build relationships and natural supports.
Residential Habilitation and Support Services provide up to a full day (24-hours) of services and/or supports designed to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the participant, and assist in the acquisition, improvement, and retention of skills necessary for participants to live successfully in their own homes.
Services provided to participants unable to care for themselves that are furnished on a short-term basis in order to provide temporary relief to those unpaid persons normally providing care. Respite Care can be provided in the participant’s home or place of residence, in the respite caregiver’s home, in a camp setting, in a DDRS approved day habilitation facility, or in a non-private residential setting (such as a respite home).
Workplace Assistance Services are services that are designed to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the participant, thereby assisting in the retention of paid employment for the participant who is paid at or above the federal minimum wage. Workplace Assistance Services include a range of personal care services and/or supports during paid competitive community employment hours and in a competitive community employment setting to enable waiver participants to accomplish tasks that they would normally do for themselves if they did not have a disability. Assistance may take the form of hands-on assistance (actually performing a personal care task for the participant) or cuing to prompt the participant to perform a personal care task. Workplace Assistance services may be provided on an episodic or on a continuous basis.