Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals | Kathy Kliebert, Secretary

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About the Supports Waiver

The Supports Waiver began July 1, 2006 as a way to provide options and meaningful opportunities through vocational and community inclusion for individuals who are 18 years of age and older, and meet the eligibility criteria for waiver services.

Supports Waiver Services

Waiver participants are eligible for all medically necessary Medicaid services. In addition to the medically necessary services, waiver services funding can also be used for:

  • Support Coordination (required case management)
  • Supported Employment
  • Prevocational
  • Day Habilitation
  • Respite
  • Habilitation
  • Permanent Supportive Housing Stabilization Transition
  • Permanent Supportive Housing Stabilization
  • Personal Emergency Response System

Population Requirements

The Supports Waiver is an appropriate option for people whose health and welfare can be assured through an Individual Plan of Care for community placement. The SW is intended to provide specific, activity-focused services which enhance the quality of life for the person, rather than custodial care.

To qualify for the SW, a person must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older,
  • Have a developmental disability, according to the Louisiana definition for DD, which manifested prior to age 22.
  • Meet the ICF/DD level of care

Additionally interested persons must meet the following financial criteria:

Income may be up to 3 times the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) amount. Countable resources cannot be worth more than $2,000 for a single person or $3,000 for a couple who needs Intermediate Care Facilities for persons with Developmental Disabilities (ICFs/DD) level of care.

Note: The financial limits are subject to change each year

How to Apply

Individuals who are interested in receiving services available in the Supports Waiver should contact their Local Governing Entity (LGE) and ask to be added to the Request for Services Registry (RFSR), which lists individuals, who have a qualifying developmental disability (DD) according to the Louisiana DD definition, and their request for services date. The SW is offered to individuals on the Registry on a first-come, first-served basis.

The application process does not begin until a waiver slot becomes available. At that time, medical and financial determinations will be completed simultaneously to verify that the person has a developmental disability and meets the financial and medical/psychological requirements for an Intermediate Care Facility for the Developmentally Disabled (ICF/DD).

Supports Waiver Fact Sheet

2014 Supports Waiver Fact Sheet

Waiver Guidelines, Documents and Forms

All Waiver Guidelines, Documents and Forms

To access all provider documents and forms for the Supports Waiver, please click HERE.

The Medicaid Manual with all updated chapters can be found HERE.

Employment First Initiative

People with disabilities are demanding system changes that allow for greater opportunities for economic self-sufficiency. Employment is key to making that happen. Learn more more about this initiative, HERE.