Ok, what does it mean?
It means now BrightStar can serve the consumers who are enrolled in one of two Medicaid Waivers administered by the Office of Developmental Program (ODP). ODP offers two Waiver programs for people with intellectual disabilities/mental retardation. One is the Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) Waiver and the other is the Consolidated Waiver. One must meet the eligibility criteria for the Waiver and be at least 3 years old to apply.
Here is some basic information on these two waivers:
The Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) Waiver:
The P/FDS Waiver is known as the “small” Waiver because it has a cap of $26,000 (2011) per person each fiscal year. This funding can be used to get the support you need to participate in a wide range of activities in your community. With your Supports Coordinator, you will write an Individual Support Plan (ISP) that describes you, your life, your goals, and defines the supports and services you need to be successful. Your budget will be based on the needs identified through the planning process and in your approved Individual Support Plan (ISP). The ISP is authorized by your Administrative Entity (AE)/County. The P/FDS Waiver cannot pay for residential care in a licensed setting but it can help provide the support you need to live in your own home or your family’s home. The cost of Supports Coordination does not count against the annual cap of $26,000.
The Consolidated Waiver:
The Consolidated Waiver is sometimes referred to as the “big” Waiver, residential Waiver, or the 2176 Waiver. There is no set dollar cap on your individual budget to purchase needed supports that you could receive on this Waiver. The amount of support you receive and your budget will be based on your assessed needs, as determined through the planning process and outlined in your Individual ISP. The ISP is authorized by your AE/County. This Waiver can provide the same supports and services available in the P/FDS Waiver, but also can include out-of-home residential care in the community. With both Waivers, your plan and your supports should be updated at least once per year or any time your needs change significantly.
What services are available thru P/FDS and Consolidated Waivers?
- Supports Coordination
- Companion Services
- Homemaker/Chore Services
- Assistive Technology
- Specialized Supplies
- Unlicensed Home and Community Habilitation
- Unlicensed Residential Habilitation
- Licensed Day Habilitation
- Supported Employment—Job Finding and Job Support
- Transitional Work Services
- Prevocational Work Services
- Home Adaptations
- Vehicle Adaptations
- Supports Broker Services
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech/Language Therapy
- Nursing Services
- Behavior Therapy
- Behavioral Support
- Visual/Mobility Therapy
- Respite Services for the Care Giver
- Home Finding
- Educational Support Services
What services are not available through Consolidated Waiver but not through P/FDS Waiver?
Licensed Residential Habilitation is only available in the Consolidated Waiver. Licensed Residential Habilitation covers services provided in Community Living Arrangements (sometimes called group homes) and in licensed Life-sharing homes.
If you are already enrolled in one of these waivers and are looking for a quality provider, why not call us today? 412-561-5605 – you will get a live person 24/7.
BrightStar of Pittsburgh is proud to serve many cities and townships of Allegheny County and greater Pittsburgh area such as Pittsburgh, Bridgeville, Carnegie, Clairton, Jefferson Hills, Floreffe, Elizabeth Township, Bethel Park, Library, South Park, Mount Washington, Beechview, Dormant, South Hills, Brookline, Brentwood, Mt Lebanon, Upper St Clair, Castle Shannon, Baldwin, Pleasant Hills, South Hills Village, Whitehall, Munhall etc.
– Jana Roy RN, Director of Nursing, BrightStar of Pittsburgh
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