What Programs Are Available To Assist People With Disabilities in Michigan?

Is there a Medicaid waiver program in Michigan? Michigan has several Medicaid waivers including:

  • Choice Renewal
  • MI Choice Waiver Program
  • Waiver for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SEDW)
  • Children's Waiver Program (CWP)
  • Habilitation Supports (HSW)

What state department handles the Medicaid waiver program in Michigan? The Department of Community Health oversees the Medicaid Waiver Program for persons with developmental disabilities in Michigan.

What programs assist people who have developmental disabilities in Michigan? Persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities may qualify for special services offered through Medicaid waivers. The Habilitation Supports Waiver and the Children’s Waiver are specifically designed for persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities. The availability of these waivers is very limited in Michigan.

What is the best number to call to get started? To get services in Michigan, contact the Michigan Department of Community Health Information Desk: 517-373-3740. You may also contact Charlyss Ray DD Specialist/ Habilitation Supports Waiver at (517) 373-3678 OR Deb Ziegler Habilitation Supports Waiver Program Manager at (517) 241-3044.

Is there a website? Michigan.gov

Who Qualifies For Assistance?

What is considered a developmental disability in Michigan? Public Act 258 of 1974, the Michigan Mental Health Code defines "developmental disability". Developmental disability means either of the following: (a)If applied to an individual older than 5 years, a severe, chronic condition that meets all of the following requirements: (i) Is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or a combination of mental and physical impairments. (ii) Is manifested before the individual is 22 years old. (iii) Is likely to continue indefinitely. (iv) Results in substantial functional limitations in 3 or more of the following areas of major life activity.(v) Reflects the individual’s need for a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary, or generic care, treatment, or other services that are of lifelong or extended duration and are individually planned and coordinated. (b) If applied to a minor from birth to age 5, a substantial developmental delay or a specific congenital or acquired condition with a high probability of resulting in developmental disability as defined in subdivision (a) if services are not provided.

Are there income limits to receive waiver services in Michigan? To be financially eligible, participants must qualify for Medicaid using special income and asset rules. The income limit is 300% of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) allotment set by the federal government each year.

How old do you have to be to start receiving waiver services in Michigan? No. The Habilitation Supports Waiver has no age restrictions. Children of any age may qualify for The Children's Waiver Program (CWP).

Is There a Waiting List For Services?

How long is the waiting list in Michigan? Michigan did not report a waiting list.

How many people are on the waiting list? Michigan has a specific number of HSW slots approved by the CMS per fiscal year. The assignment of slots is managed by the Michigan Department of Community Health.

How many people are currently receiving Waiver services in Michigan? Michigan has not reported the number of people being served on The Habilitation Supports Waiver OR the Children’s Waiver. There are 11,000 people on the MI Choice Waiver.

What assistance is available while you wait? Michigan has no reported waiting list.

Is there priority preference for people who are in crisis in Michigan? Priority for filling slots:
#1 - Children aging off Children’s Waiver
#2 – People who are determined to be at high risk of institutional placement
#3 - People at age 21 and older who need PDN and meet HSW eligibility.

What Services Are Offered & What Are The Service Limitations?

What services does the Medicaid waiver program offer in Michigan? Medicaid Waiver Services in Michigan include: Community Living Supports; Enhanced Medical Equipment and Supplies; Enhanced Pharmacy; Environmental Modifications; Family Training; Goods and Services; Out-of-home non-vocational Habilitation; Personal Emergency Response System (PERS); Prevocational Services; Private Duty Nursing; Respite; Supports Coordination; and Supported Employment.

Does Michigan offer community group homes? Michigan licenses several types of residential homes: Adult foster care--family homes; Adult foster care--small group homes; Adult foster care--large group homes; Adult foster care--congregate homes; and Homes For The Aged.

Does Michigan offer supported living? Michigan offers support services to help you live in your own home.

Are there still state owned institutions in Michigan? There are no state institutions to seclude those with developmental disabilities in Michigan. However, Michigan does have several state Psychiatric Hospitals for adults who have a mental illness.

How Do You Select A Provider?

Do Medicaid Waiver providers work for the state in Michigan? No, Michigan Medicaid Waiver Providers are either INDIVIDUAL/SOLE PROPRIETOR or Agency Providers.

About how many providers are there in Michigan? There are several hundred providers in Michigan.

Do you have a choice in providers? Yes, in Michigan you select your Medicaid waiver providers.

How Do You Become A Provider?

Michigan uses CHAMPS online provider enrollment to enroll Medicaid and Medicaid Waiver Providers. Call (517) 335-5492 for more information.

Any further questions regarding becoming a provider should be directed to Provider Inquiry, Department of Community Health, P.O. Box 30731, Lansing, Michigan 48909-8231, or e-mail at ProviderSupport@michigan.gov . When you submit an e-mail, be sure to include your name, affiliation, and phone number so you may be contacted if necessary. Providers may phone
toll-free 1-800-292-2550.

Additional Information

- Michigan provides public mental health services through a 1915(b) Managed Specialty Supports & Services Waiver. The Habilitation Supports Waiver (HSW) operates concurrently with the 1915(b) waiver. People enrolled in the HSW are also eligible for any medically necessary services provided by the Managed Specialty Supports & Services Plan (the “b-waiver”)

- To be eligible for the HSW, an individual must also be determined to need the level of care provided by an ICF/IID if not for waiver services. This means that, if the individual does not get HSW services in the community, he or she would need an active treatment program of specialized and/or generic training, treatment, health and related services directed toward the acquisition of behaviors necessary to function with as much self-determination and independence as possible.

- Although not specifically designed for persons with developmental disabilities, The MI Choice Waiver is a statewide program designed to give older adults and people with disabilities more choices in receiving long term supports. It provides a variety of services in a person’s home that are similar to those provided in a nursing home. MI Choice is also known as the Medicaid Waiver for the Elderly and Disabled. This may be another option for persons with Developmental Disabilities to peruse.

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