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

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

  • LTC / HCBS Waiver:
  • Assisted Living Facility HCBS;
  • Adult Developmental Disabilities;
  • Acquired Brain Injury;
  • Children's Mental Health;
  • Children with DD

What state department operates the Medicaid waiver program in Wyoming? The Wyoming Department of Health, Developmental Disabilities (DD) Division, operates the waiver program for persons with developmental disabilities.

What programs assist people who have developmental disabilities in Wyoming? The Child DD Waiver and the Adult DD Waiver assist persons with developmental disabilities in Wyoming. There are also waivers for mental health, brain injury, and elderly.

What is the best number to call to get started? The main number is (307) 777-7115. You will need to contact the Participant Support Specialist in your local area.

Is there a website? http://www.health.wyo.gov/default.aspx

Who Qualifies For Assistance?

What is considered a developmental disability in Wyoming?
- A psychological examination administered by a licensed psychologist, which confirms that the individual meets the criteria for diagnosis of mental retardation, OR
- A diagnosis of a developmental disability due to a related condition as determined by a physician and significant functional limitations verified by a psychologist, AND
- An Inventory for Client and Agency Planning (ICAP) service score of 70 or less or when the ICAP score is more than 70, the individual has an ICAP deficit in three (3) or more of the domain areas: self care, language, learning/cognition, Mobility, Self-direction, Independent Living. ICAP administered by a contracted agency)

Are there income limits to receive waiver services in Wyoming? Yes. You may not earn more than 300% of the SSI Federal Benefit Rate (FBR).

How old do you have to be to start receiving waiver services in Wyoming? There are waivers for persons with developmental disabilities of all ages. The Child DD waiver serves children ages 0-20. The Adult DD waiver serves persons with developmental disabilities ages 21 and older.

Is There a Waiting List For Services?

How long is the waiting list for the Medicaid waiver program in Wyoming? The average time on the Adult Developmental Disabilities Waiting list is 3 years. The longest reported wait for this waiver was 6 years. The average wait for the Child Developmental Disabilities Waiver is 1 year. The longest reported wait for this waiver was 3.5 years.

How many people are on the waiver waiting list in Wyoming? There are 231 people on the Adult Developmental Disabilities Waiver waiting list. There are 302 people on the Child Developmental Disabilities Waiver waiting list. There are 75 people on the Acquired Brain Injury Waiver waiting list. There are 9 children on the Children's Mental Health Waiver waiting list.

How many people are currently receiving waiver services in Wyoming? There are 1,368 people on the Adult Developmental Disabilities Waiver. There are 656 people on the Child Developmental Disabilities Waiver. There are 171 people on the Acquired Brain Injury Waiver. There are 33 children on the Children's Mental Health Waiver.

What assistance is available while you wait? People on the waiting list may be eligible for small amounts of certain services including: respite, companion, and PCA.

Is there priority preference for people who are in crisis? Yes. There is an extraordinary committee that works with the family to write up a letter to explain that they are in crisis and in need of services.

What Services Are Offered & What Are The Service Limitations?

What services does the Medicaid waiver program offer in Wyoming? The Wyoming Adult Developmental Disabilities Waiver Provides: case management, day hab, community integrated employment, homemaker, personal care, prevocational services-phased out yr 1, residential hab, respite, supported living, OT, PT, speech therapy, agency with choice, independent support broker, companion services, dietician services, environmental mods, in home support-phased out yr 1, individually-directed goods and services, skilled nursing, specialized equipment, unpaid caregiver training and education.

Does Wyoming offer community group homes? Yes. Wyoming offers Residential Habilitatin services. Residential habilitation may be furnished in a home owned or leased by a provider or in the participant’s home (if no unpaid caregivers or adult family members live in the home), where staff provides on-going 24 hour supervision. Provider owned or leased facilities where residential habilitation services are furnished must be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Does Wyoming offer supported living? Yes. Supported Living Services in Wyoming assist persons with disabilities to live in their own home, family home, or rental unit. These individuals do not require ongoing 24-hour supervision but do require a range of community-based support to maintain their independence. They require individually-tailored supports to assist with the acquisition, retention, or improvement in skills related to living successfully in the community.

Are there still state owned institutions in Wyoming? Wyoming has one large state facility housing 83 people with developmental disabilities.

How Do You Select A Provider?

Do providers work for the state of Wyoming? No, providers are contracted. All providers certified to provide Waiver services are required to have a current provider agreement in place with the State Medicaid Agency.

About how many providers are there in the state of Wyoming? There are 715 waiver providers in Wyoming.

Do you have a choice in providers? Yes, people in Wyoming are encouraged to interview and select their own providers. Participants and guardians can choose a case manager employed by a provider agency or a self-employed case manager. Participants and guardians also have choice of over 700 Adult DD service providers in Wyoming.

How Do You Become A Provider?

Call Kathy Escobedo at (307) 777-8761 to learn more about becoming a provider.

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Ark Regional Services (307) 742-6641
Serving Wyoming
Provides: Case Management; Community Employment; Day Habilitation; Prevocational; Health Services; Supervised Living; Supported Living; & Therapy Services


Diversified Services, Inc. (307) 532-5911
Serving Wyoming
Offers children and adults with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries a chance to grow and learn.


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