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Community Supports Waiver

​The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Community Support Waiver was approved Dec. 7, 2017 by the federal oversight agency, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The program will provide individual and family supports for people 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 Community Support Waiver include providing:

  • Innovative service options that support DDA’s Community of Practices for Employment and Supporting Families;
  • Community-based service options offered under the current Community Pathways Waiver (e.g. Supported Employment, Employment Discovery & Customization, Personal Supports, Respite, Assistive Technology, Behavioral Supports, etc.) with the exception of residential services;
  • Self-direction opportunities;
  • Flexibility to move dollar amounts among line items within the approved person-centered plan to meet emerging and changing needs; and
  • Short-term exceptions to the overall budget caps of $25,000 based on exceptional needs.

All services must be provided in settings that meet the federal Community Settings requirements.

Community Supports Waiver Providers

For more info, see:

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: