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

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

  • Choice Renewal
  • Waiver for Children with SED
  • Children's Waiver Program
  • Habilitation Supports

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

What programs assist people who have developmental disabilities in Michigan? The MI Choice Waiver Program assists persons with disabilities 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.

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 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? 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 has no reported waiting list.

How many people are on the waiting list? Michigan has no reported waiting list.

How many people are currently receiving Waiver services in Michigan? 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 - individuals being discharged from the ICF/MR at Caro Center and #2 - children aging off Children’s Waiver and #3 – people 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: Homemaker services, Respite services, Adult day care, Environmental modifications, Transportation, Medical supplies and equipment not covered under the Medicaid State Plan, Chore services, Personal emergency response systems, Private duty nursing, Counseling, Home delivered meals, Training in a variety of independent living skills, and Personal care supervision.

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. MDCH will only prior authorize non-emergency services to out of state/beyond borderland providers if the service is not available within the state of Michigan and borderland areas.

Additional Information


MI Providers

Michigan Providers


Lutheran Social Services (313) 823-2233
Serving Michigan
Manages 15 group homes for adults with developmental disabilities. Homes have 3-16 residents & 24-hour staffing

Licensed by the State of Michigan as an Adult Foster Care Home servicing Developmentally Disabled, Traumatic Brain Injury, Alzheimer's & the Mentally Ill populations. Our home accepts men and women who are 18 years or older.