Resources for Children with Disabilities: Medicaid Waivers


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Children and adults with disabilities who meet certain requirements may be eligible for funding for support services through Medicaid waivers. These waivers provide community services that can include, but are not limited to, personal care, respite care, day support, supported employment and assistive technology. Waiver eligibility is not based on the income of the parents.

The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) provides eligibility screening for the three Developmental Disability Waivers. These waivers are the Building Independence, Family and Individual Supports and the Community Living Waiver. If your individual has a developmental disability diagnosis (inclusive of Intellectual Disability) and significant limitations in three or more categories of adaptive functioning, he or she may be eligible for any one of these waivers, depending upon the type of supports needed. The initial eligibility screening is the same for all Developmental Disability Waivers.

To schedule a screening, contact the Fairfax-Falls Church CSB at 703-324-7000 (TTY 711) and ask for an intake worker.

For more information on these three waivers, see the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) website. If you are outside the Fairfax-Falls Church area, visit DBHDS to find your local CSB’s contact information.

Waiver

Criteria/Application/Contact Information

Building Independence (BI) Waiver

Adults (18+) who are able to live independently in the community. Individuals own, lease or control their own living arrangements and supports are complemented by non-waiver-funded rent subsidies. Supports are episodic/periodic in nature.

To schedule a screening, contact the Fairfax-Falls Church CSB at 703-324-7000 (TTY 711) and ask for an intake worker.

Family & Individual Supports (FIS Waiver)

Individuals living with their families, friends or in their own homes and includes supports for those with some medical or behavioral needs. The FIS waiver is available to both children and adults.

To schedule a screening, contact the Fairfax-Falls Church CSB at 703-324-7000 (TTY 711) and ask for an intake worker.

Community Living (CL) Waiver

Provides around the clock 24/7 services and supports for individuals with complex medical and/or behavioral support needs through licensed services. It includes residential supports and a full array of medical, behavioral and non-medical supports. The CL waiver is available to adults and some children.

To schedule a screening, contact the Fairfax-Falls Church CSB at 703-324-7000 (TTY 711) and ask for an intake worker.

Elderly or Disabled With Consumer-Direction (EDCD Waiver)

Must meet nursing facility eligibility criteria including medical needs and functional capacity. Read the Universal Assessment Instrument (UAI) PDF icon and complete the pre-screening process by calling Fairfax County Coordinated Services Planning or Fairfax County Aging, Disability and Caregiver Resources.

Fairfax County Coordinated Services Planning: 703-222-0880
Fairfax County Aging, Disability and Caregiver Resources: 703-324-7948

Technology Assisted Waiver

Must require ongoing skilled nursing care and be dependent on technology to substitute for a vital body function. Read the Universal Assessment Instrument PDF icon and contact Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services at 804-786-1465.

Another Medicaid Resource

Criteria, Application and Contact Information

Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) Program

Comprehensive and preventive child health program for individuals under the age of 21, which includes periodic screening, vision, dental, hearing services, as well as therapies and in-home supports. Contact Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services at 804-786-6134.

Resources

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