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

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

  • HCBW For Persons with Physical Disabilities
  • HCBW For Persons With MR and Related Conditions
  • Assisted Living
  • Frail Elderly

What state department handles the Medicaid waiver program? Nevada's Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services (MHDS) administers this waiver program in conjunction with the Division of Health Care Financing and Policy (DHCFP). These activities are funded by the Waiver and matching State General Funds.

What programs assist people who have developmental disabilities? Nevada’s Waiver for Persons with Mental Retardation and Related Conditions offers home and community-based services to assist eligible recipients who, without services, would require institutional care provided in an Intermediate Care Facility for Persons with Mental Retardation (ICF/MR).

What is the best number to call to get started? Call the Intake Office: (702) 486-7850.

Is there a website? http://dhhs.nv.gov

Who Qualifies For Assistance?

What is considered a developmental disability? All Nevadans, five years of age or older, with a disability which requires lifelong special, interdisciplinary services and results in substantial functional limitation in three or more major life areas are considered to have developmental disabilities.

Are there income limits to receive services? Yes, however, Only the income and resources of the applicant or participant is considered when determining eligibility. The applicant or participant must pass income and resource eligibility tests established by the State of Nevada. Waiver recipients are allowed to have incomes up to 300% of the SSI level though there is some patient liability for waiver services when the income is over 200% of SSI.

How old do you have to be to start receiving services? You can start getting services in Nevada at age five.

Is There a Waiting List For Services?

How long is the waiting list? You will wait about 2 years before getting services in Nevada. It is not first come, first serve though. People with the greatest need get services first. Therefore, it could be several years before you get services.

How many people are on the waiting list? There are about 125 people waiting for services in Nevada.

How many people are currently receiving services? There are about 1500 people getting Medicaid waiver services in Nevada.

What assistance is available while you wait? If you meet income requirements, Medicaid pays for some services such as Occupational therapy, Physical Therapy, Mental Health, Skilled Nursing, and Home Health Care Aides, and Personal Care Services. It also pays for supplies such as wheelchairs and diapers. For the State Plan PCA program there is no wait if the potential recipient is on full Medicaid in Nevada.

Is there priority preference for people who are in crisis? Nevada uses an algorithm to determine who gets services first. It is based on condition and income. There is priority placement for people with the most need. Nevada has a crisis hotline http://www.crisiscallcenter.org , (800) 273-8255

What Services Are Offered & What Are The Service Limitations?

What services does the Medicaid waiver program offer? Services you may get under the Medicaid waiver program include: Emergency Response System; Homemaker Service; Group Home; Day Treatment Center; Adult Day Care; Family Support; Respite Care; and Transportation.

What services are available to people living in the family home? Support includes: financial assistance for respite care, in-home training, counseling, behavioral consultation and cash assistance to those who qualify. Family support services are funded by State General Funds.

Does this state offer community group homes? There are a variety of options available to help people make choices on where they want to live. Choices include living at home with their family, living by themselves or with some roommates. Supports will vary depending on what an individual requests, needs, and can afford. Residential support services are funded by State General Funds, Waiver, TANF, and Title XX. Service available at: DRC, RS, SRC

Does this state offer supported living? Yes, Nevada offers supported living services and support to live in your own home.

Are there still state owned institutions? Nevada has one state owned institution. Desert Regional Center, also known as DRC, is the State of Nevada operated regional center located in the Las Vegas area and serving Clark, and parts of Lincoln and Nye counties. We support over 3100 people with intellectual disabilities and related conditions in their efforts to live, work, and recreate in the community. Telephone: (702) 486-6200

How Do You Select A Provider?

Do providers work for the state? No, Medicaid waiver providers in Nevada do not work for the state.

About how many providers are there in the state? Unknown

Do you have a choice in providers? Yes, you can select from enrolled providers.

How Do You Become A Provider?

Is There A Fee? No, there is not a fee to become a Medicaid waiver provider in Nevada.

You can go to http://www.Medicaid.nv.gov and click on the "Providers" tab to enroll to be a provider. If you have any questions about enrollment, call HPES at (877) 638-3472. When calling, select the prompts for “Nevada Medicaid Provider” and then “Provider Enrollment.”

Additional Information

A Service Coordinator helps develop a plan based on the individual’s interests and personal goals and assists them in getting services from the public and private agencies of their choice. Service coordination services are funded by Medicaid and State General Funds.

Nevada uses a functional assessment to identify the service need/level for the state plan PCA program. This is available with the chapters on the Web. The PCA chapter is chapter 3500. The phys disability waiver, elderly at home and elderly in group care use a nursing facility level of care and the MR and related conditions waiver uses and ICF/MR level of care.

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