- What Programs Are Available To Assist People With Disabilities in California?
Is there a Medicaid waiver program in California? California currently has seven Home and Community Based Services 1915(c) waivers.
- CA HCBS Waiver for Californians w/DD
- CA Nursing Facility/Acute Hospital Waiver
- CA HIV/AIDS Waiver
- CA Pediatric Palliative Care
- CA Assisted Living
- CA Multipurpose Senior Services Program
- CA In Home Operations
What state department handles the California Medicaid waiver program? The Home and Community-Based Services for the Developmentally Disabled (HCBS-DD) Waiver is administered by the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS).
What programs assist people who have developmental disabilities in California? California's waiver for persons with disabilities is called CA HCBS Waiver for Californians w/DD (DD Waiver).
What is the best number to call to get started? Call (916) 654-1888. For general inquiries.
* The first step to accessing Medi-Cal waiver services is to establish Medi-Cal eligibility. To apply for Medi-Cal, call or visit your local county social services office and request a Medi-Cal application.
Is there a website? http://www.dds.ca.gov
- Who Qualifies For Assistance?
What is considered a developmental disability in California? In California, developmental disabilities include: mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or a disabling condition closely related to mental retardation or requiring treatment similar to that required for individuals with mental retardation. The disability must begin before the age of 18 and must be expected to continue indefinitely. (See California Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act, Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 4512(a))
Are there income limits to receive services in California? Typically a consumer must have an income of less than $620/mo and with assets that total less than $2000. You must be SSI and Medi-Cal eligible. If, however, your family income is too high, you may still be eligible for Medi-Cal because they will not count your parents’ or spouse’s income or resources. Medi-Cal is allowed to determine your eligibility using “institutional deeming.” This means Medi-Cal will evaluate you for eligibility as if you lived in an institution, and not with your parents or spouse. If the consumer has income and resources of his/her own such as a trust fund or court-appointed child support, the consumer may be assessed with a share of cost or may be denied eligibility.
If the individual is under the age of 18, parents are required by law to contribute toward a share of the cost based on their income. The FCPP does not affect all families and it applies to only three services: respite, daycare and camping. In addition, it is not intended to be so burdensome to families that it would result in their foregoing necessary services for their children. It applies when the family has an income that is at least 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) Guidelines based on the number of persons in the family.
How old do you have to be to start receiving services? Waiver services start at age three. California Early Start Program serves children 0-36 months. Persons of all ages can be served.
- Is There a Waiting List For Services?
How long is the waiting list in California? A waiver slot must be available for you to get services. There is currently not a waiting list.
How many people are on the waiting list in California? There are no people on the waiting list in California.
How many people are currently receiving waiver services in California? There are currently 95,000 receiving services under The Home and Community-Based Services for the Developmentally Disabled (HCBS-DD) Waiver.
What assistance is available while you wait? Medical, Medicare, CHAMPUS, private insurance, California's Children's Service
Is there priority preference for people who are in crisis? N/A because there is no waiting list.
- What Services Are Offered & What Are The Service Limitations?
What services does the Medicaid waiver program offer in California? CA HCBS Waiver for Californians w/DD provides the following services: behavioral intervention, community living arrangements, day service, home health aide, homemaker, prevocational services, respite care, supported employment (enhanced habilitation), chore, communication aides, community-based training, dental, environmental accessibility adaptations, FMS, non-medical transportation, nutritional consultation, optometric/optician services, PERS, prescription lenses and frames, psychology services, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized therapeutic services, speech/hearing and language services, transition/set up expenses, vehicle modifications and adaptations.Who coordinates services? Services are managed by Consumer Service Coordinators who work for the regional centers.
What services are available to people living in the family home in California? Respite care is offered in the family home.
Does California offer community group homes? Regional centers will not approve new licensed community care homes that have 16 or more beds, and not buy services from any home with 16 or more beds unless the home can be homelike and bring in federal money for services.
Does California offer supported living? Yes, California offers supported living services.
Are there still state owned institutions in California? How many people are living in institutions? In California, The Department of Developmental Services currently operates four State developmental centers (DCs) which are licensed and certified as Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), Intermediate Care Facility/Mentally Retarded (ICF/MR), and General Acute Care hospitals (GAC). The Department also operates Canyon Springs in Cathedral City, Riverside County, which is a smaller, state-operated community facility (CF) licensed as an ICF/MR facility.
- Sonoma Developmental Center - Currently treating 531 adults.
- Fairview Developmental Center - Currently treating 374 adults with 1500 staff.
- Lanterman Developmental Center - Currently treating 257 adults and is in the process of closing the facility.
- Porterville Developmental Center - Currently treating 468 adults.
- Canyon Springs - Treats up to 63 adults.
- How Do You Select A Provider?
Do providers work for the state in California? In California, providers are referred to as vendors. Services are provided through state-operated developmental centers and community facilities, and contracts with 21 nonprofit regional centers. The regional centers serve as a local resource to help find and access the services and supports available to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
About how many providers are there in California? Each region has their own list of providers.
Do you have a choice in providers in California? Yes, in California consumers are given a choice of qualified providers.
Although a regional center must vendor an applicant who meets all the requirements for the service to be provided, vendorization in no way obligates that regional center to purchase service from that vendor.
Service providers are vendored by the regional center in whose catchment area the service is located, known as the vendoring regional center. Although vendors are prohibited from being vendored by more than one regional center, a vendored service provider may be utilized by non-vendoring regional centers, known as "user" or "utilizing" regional centers, as well as the vendoring regional center. Once a potential service provider has obtained all necessary licenses, submitted a complete application and all necessary documentation to the vendoring regional center, the regional center has 45 days to approve or disapprove vendorization.
- How Do You Become A Provider?
Is There A Fee? No, there is not a fee to become a provider in California.