What is a waiver?

A waiver is a Medicaid funding source that can provide services to assist people with disabilities to stay in their own homes and prevent moving to a facility.  The county board pays approximately 40% of the cost of waiver services and the state and federal government pay approximately 60% of the cost of services. This cost sharing allows the county board to serve more people in our community.

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) Administered Waivers

  • Level One Waiver:  Allows for minimal paid support and relies heavily on natural supports
  • Self-Empowered Life Funding Waiver:  Allows for a moderate amount of support and is Ohio’s first self-directed waiver
  • Individual Options Waiver:  For individuals with limited or no natural support and who have a high level of need

Waiting Lists

Because there is a limit to county and state funds, there is a waiting list for Ohio waivers. In order for an individual to receive a waiver, he/she must complete a waiting list application. The waiting list rule OAC 5123:2-1-08 dictates enrollment based on priority categories. There are many services however, available to meet the immediate needs of those on a waiting list for a waiver.

Medicaid

A Medicaid card is included with the waiver service package and may cover therapies, hospital services, nursing services, home health aides, doctor and dental appointments, and medical equipment.

Waiver Training