Family Supports Waiver

​The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Family Support Waiver was approved November 21, 2017 by the federal oversight agency, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The program will provide individual and family supports for children birth to 21 with developmental disabilities on the DDA Waiting List.

DDA expects services under the waiver to start by February 2018, which will reduce the waiting list by 400 individuals.

If you are on the DDA waiting list, no action needs to be taken at this time. DDA will contact the first 400 individuals on the waiting list based on priority category and date of application. A DDA Coordinator of Community Services will then assist the individual and family with the waiver application process.  

The goals for the Family Support Waiver include providing:

  • Innovative service options aimed at providing supports that build on the Support Families Community of Practice
  • Individual and family self-direction opportunities
  • Flexibility for individuals and families to move dollar amounts among line items within their approved person-centered plan to meet the emerging and cyclical needs of the child and family
  • Short term exceptions to the overall budget caps based on exceptional needs (for example family caregiver support needs, post hospitalization, short term care needs)

 

Family Supports Waiver Frequently Asked Questions

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If your loved one with a developmental disability is not on DDA's waiting list and your family is in need of support, please consider applying. Useful links:

 

Family Supports Waiver Process
  • DDA Family Support Waiver Regional Forums June 19th – 22nd , 2017
  • State review of input for consideration of final revisions – June 2017
  • Official final public input –  July 2017
  • Waiver submission to CMS – September  2017
  • Respond to CMS questions – September through December 2017
  • CMS approval – December 2017
  • Projected effective date – January  2018