Thursday, January 15, 2009

Priority Support Services Waiver for 18-24 year olds

from DDRS:

2009 Graduates and Students Who Left School in 2007, 2008 May Be Eligible for Priority Support Services Medicaid Waiver 

The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services is excited to issue a public reminder of the continuation of the Priority Criteria allowing young adults with disabilities to bypass the waiting list and apply for an Indiana Home and Community-Based Medicaid Support Services waiver. 

Individuals between the ages of 18 and 24 who are graduating with the class of 2009 or have left special education programs with the classes of 2007 or 2008 should contact their local Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) office as soon as possible to determine eligibility. For eligible individuals, the 18-24 Priority Criteria is an important step to ensuring a smooth transition from school to adult life and potentially averting the need for more intensive services in the future.

The Support Services waiver provides non-residential assistance such as employment follow-along, therapies, and family and respite support, with a cap of $13,500 per year.

Teachers and administrators can assist families by alerting young adults with a developmental disability or a diagnosis of autism about the availability of the Support Services (SS) Waiver. BDDS will then work with individuals to determine state and federal eligibility for this Priority Criteria waiver and a slot on the comprehensive waiver waiting lists. For additional information, contact your local BDDS office or the BDDS Helpline:

• BDDS office locations: gov/fssa/ files/BDDS_ District_ Offices_20080929 .pdf

• BDDS Help Line/Phone: (317) 234-5222 or 1-888-527-0008

• BDDS Help Line/E-Mail: BDDSHelp@fssa.

• Website: www.ddrs.IN. gov 

Support Services Waiver Fact Sheet:  http://www.arcind. org/important_ information_ for_high_ s.htm

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