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Individual Options Waiver
The Individual Options (IO) waiver is a more comprehensive waiver which allows individuals to live in community settings of their choice with supports instead of living in an institution. The IO waiver has a higher funding limit and waiver services are developed in order to meet a person's individualized needs. Individuals must meet Medicaid eligibility criteria and have an ICF level of care – there are no age requirements.
Level One Waiver
Allows for minimal paid support and relies heavily on natural supports assisting individuals to live in community settings of their choice with supports instead of living in an institution. Individuals must meet be Medicaid-eligible and have an ICF level of care – there are no age requirements.
SELF Waiver
Ohio's first participant-directed waiver. It lets people direct where and how they receive services, this is known as self-direction. Individuals must be willing and able to self-direct at least one waiver service, be able to have their health and welfare needs met through the SELF waiver, need of at least one SELF waiver service, be Medicaid eligible, and have an ICF level of care. There are no age requirements for eligibility.
  • Adult Day Support

    Adult Day Support services are provided separate from any home or facility in which an individual resides, focus on non-work activities, and include assessment, personal care, skill reinforcement, training in Self Determination and recreation and leisure.

  • Adult Family Living

    Personal care and support services provided to an adult by a caregiver who is related to and lives with the individual receiving the services.

  • Adult Foster Care/Shared Living

    Personal care and supportive services (e.g., homemaker, chore, and medication oversight to the extent permitted under state law) provided in a private home by an unrelated, principal care provider who lives in the home and whose primary, legal residence is that home. Adult Foster Care is furnished to adults who receive these services in conjunction with residing in the home, and the services, their associated activities, and skill development approximate the rhythm of life that naturally occurs as part of living in the family home.

  • Community Respite

    Services provided to individuals unable to care for themselves that are furnished on a short-term (60-day) basis because of the absence of or need for relief of those persons who normally care for the individuals. Community Respite shall be provided only outside of an individual's home in a camp, recreation center, or other place where an organized community program or activity occurs.

  • Environmental Accessibility Adaptations

    Changes to a home that enable a person to function with greater independence. Examples include installing ramps or grab-bars, widening doorways, modifying bathrooms to be wheelchair-accessible, and, installing specialized electrical or plumbing systems to accommodate medical equipment.

  • Homemaker Personal Care

    Homemaker/Personal Care is provided to help a person with daily living activities such as personal hygiene, dressing and eating. These services include:

    • Basic personal care and grooming, including bathing, hair care, and help with clothing.
    • Help with medications that are usually self-administered when ordered by a doctor.
    • Household services essential to a person's good health and comfort, such as changing bed linens.
    • Light cleaning in areas of the home used by the person.
    • Preparation of a shopping list, grocery shopping and meal preparation.
    • Laundry.

    Other neighborhood errands including going to medical appointments or taking short walks.

  • Interpreter

    Interpreter Services (IO only) help a person communicate. People who provide this service help the individual who has a disability (for example, an individual who is deaf) to convey a message as well as feelings or attitudes.

  • Non-Medical Transportation – Mileage

    Transportation that is used by individuals solely to get to and/or from a place of employment or to access adult day support, integrated employment, supported employment-community, supported employment-enclave, and/or vocational habilitation. Non-medical transportation at the mileage rate shall be provided in a non-modified vehicle with a passenger capacity of eight or fewer.

  • Non-Medical Transportation – Trip

    Transportation that is used by individuals solely to get to and/or from a place of employment or to access adult day support, integrated employment, supported employment-community, supported employment-enclave, and/or vocational habilitation. Non-medical transportation at the per-trip rate shall be provided in a non-modified vehicle with a passenger capacity of nine or more or a modified vehicle that has permanent fasteners to secure wheelchairs to the floor or side of the vehicle to prevent wheelchair movement, has safety restraints in the vehicle for the purpose of restraining individuals in wheelchairs, and is equipped with a stable access ramp or hydraulic lift.

  • Nutrition Services

    Used when people need direction to ensure they are eating the right foods to be healthy. A nutritionist can provide a nutrition care plan that could include an outline of foods to be eaten, conversations about the importance of the foods and counseling about the need for proper nutrition. The nutritionist can be used to teach the person with disabilities, their family, guardian, or others who help with meals.

  • Remote Monitoring

    The monitoring of an individual in his or her residence by staff using one or more of the following systems: live video feed, live audio feed, motion sensing system, radio frequency identification, web-based monitoring system, or other device approved by the department. The system shall include devices to engage in live two-way communication with the individual being monitored as described in the individual service plan.

  • Remote Monitoring Equipment

    The equipment used to operate systems such as live video feed, live audio feed, motion sensing system, radio frequency identification, web-based monitoring system, or other device approved by the department. It also means the equipment used to engage in live two-way communication with the individual being monitored.

  • Residential Respite

    Services provided to individuals unable to care for themselves that are furnished on a short-term (90-day) basis due to the absence of or need for relief of those persons who normally provide care for the individuals. Residential Respite can be provided in an ICF/DD; in a licensed facility; or in a residence (if the provider is an agency provider.)

  • Social Work

    Social Work (IO only) helps a person and their family with emotional problems or social needs that will allow them to live in the community. The counselor or social worker may work on problem-solving, help a person to develop self-help or adaptive skills, or arrange for counseling, or other support services to help ease stress that may be caused by such things as work, families or living situations.

  • Specialized Medical Equipment and Supplies

    Devices, controls or appliances that allow people to do daily living activities or to help them communicate; items necessary for life support and the supplies and equipment necessary for upkeep; and, durable and non-durable equipment that is not paid for by the Medicaid State Plan.

  • Supported Employment – community

    Services provided in an integrated community work setting where individuals enrolled in a waiver and persons without disabilities are employed to perform the same or similar work tasks.

  • Supported Employment - Enclave

    Services provided to individuals who work as a team, generally at a single worksite of a host community business or industry, with initial training, supervision, and ongoing support provided by on-site staff.

  • Transportation

    A service that enables individuals to access waiver and other community services, activities, and resources. Used in conjunction with the Homemaker Personal Care service.

  • Vocational Habilitation

    Services designed to teach and reinforce habilitation concepts related to work including responsibility, attendance, task completion, problem solving, social interaction, motor skill development, and safety.

  • Clinical/Therapeutic Intervention

    Services that assist unpaid caregivers and/or paid support staff in carrying out individual treatment/support plans; and are necessary to improve the individual's independence and inclusion in their community. The service includes consultation activities that are provided by professionals in psychology, counseling, and behavior management; development of a home treatment/support plan, training and technical assistance to carry out the plan and delivery of the services; monitoring plan implementation.

  • Community Inclusion – Personal Assistance

    Includes supports that promote the individual's participation in his/her community. The service includes opportunities and experiences that focus on socialization and/or therapeutic recreational activities, as well as personal growth in the home and/or community. Community Inclusion also can include peer support activities and organization of self-advocacy events. It is not meant to cover employment-related services. The scope of this service includes personal assistance in the home and/or the community with life activities.

  • Community Inclusion – Transportation

    Includes supports that promote the individual's participation in his/her community. The service includes opportunities and experiences that focus on socialization and/or therapeutic recreational activities, as well as personal growth in the home and/or community. Community Inclusion also can include peer support activities and organization of self-advocacy events. It is not meant to cover employment-related services. The scope of this service includes transportation including, but not limited to, transportation in a modified vehicle; transportation provided by operators of commercial vehicles, and mileage reimbursement for an amount up to the federal reimbursable mileage rate.

  • Functional Behavioral Assessment

    Helps to determine why an individual engages in challenging behavior and how the individual's behavior relates to the environment. Functional behavioral assessments can provide information to identify why the individual engages in the behavior, when the individual is most likely to demonstrate the behavior, situations in which the behavior is least likely to occur.

  • Integrated Employment

    Includes supports needed by a participant to acquire and maintain a job in the general workforce at or above the state's minimum wage. The service also can provide supports needed by an individual to acquire and maintain an internship or apprenticeship of limited duration. The service has two distinct components:
    Initial Supports to gain employment and Retention supports to stay employed. The service may include supports for an individual to achieve self-employment through the operation of a business, but will not provide funding for start-up or business operation expenses.

  • Participant/Family Stability Assistance

    A service that enables the individual to understand how best to support the individual in their home and/or to enhance the individual's ability to direct their own services. The service only can be utilized by the individual or by family members who reside with the individual. Participant/Family Stability Assistance includes counseling and/or training to accommodate the participant's disability in the home and to access supports offered in the community.

  • Support Brokerage

    A Support Broker assists the individual with the individual's responsibilities regarding participant direction. A Support Broker is chosen by the individual and may be paid or unpaid. A Support Broker must have at least an associate's degree or two year of experience providing support to someone with developmental disabilities.

    Support Brokers are considered an "agent of the individual." A Support Broker's duties include: assisting the individual with negotiating rates for independent providers (where applicable); helping the individual to select providers; and assisting with communication/coordination between the individual, their Service and Support Administrator, and the Financial Management Services entity.

  • Informal Respite

    Services provided to an individual unable to care for himself or herself, furnished by a person known to the individual, on a short-term basis because of the absence or need for relief of those persons normally providing the care. Informal respite may be provided in the individual's home or place of residence, home of a friend or family member, or at sites of community activities.

  • Personal Emergency Response Systems

    An electronic device which enables an individual at high risk of institutionalization to secure help in an emergency and may include a portable "help" button to allow for mobility. The system is connected to the individual's phone and programmed to signal a response center staffed by trained professionals once a "help" button is activated. Personal emergency response systems is available only to individuals who live alone or who are alone for significant parts of the day and have no regular caregiver for extended periods of time and who would otherwise require extensive routine supervision.

  • Adaptive and Assistive Equipment
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