​Ohio’s Home and Community Based Waiver Waiting List

Currently each of Ohio’s county boards of developmental disabilities maintains the requests of people seeking Individual Options, Level One, or Self-Empowered Life Funding waivers.

This Waiting List is prioritized first for emergency needs, then by priority categories. All other requests are organized by the date of the request when there is no emergency need or priority category. 

To determine if you should be on the Waiting List and the various options that may meet your needs,
contact your local county board.

Ohio’s HCBS Waiver Waiting List Playlist

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Waivers are only one way to fund services

Waivers are one funding stream for services. By braiding together multiple funding sources, such as local county board of developmental disability levy funds and Ohio Medicaid benefits, a person with developmental disabilities may be able to have their service needs met without a waiver.


Learn more about the types of waivers available to someone with a developmental disability.

How do people get on the Waiting List if they are not on it?

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What if my needs are met now, but I need something else later?

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I want a different waiver than my current one. Should I be on the Waiting List?

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What are people on the Waiting List actually waiting for?

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Changes Proposed to the Waiver Waiting List

A stakeholder led initiative engaged the department in simplifying the Home and Community-Based Services Waiver Waiting List to focus on meeting current needs and  improve access to resources. 

What will the proposed changes mean for me? 

People currently on the Waiting List will meet with their county board of developmental disabilities staff for an assessment. The assessment will help to identify what services are needed right now and what services may be needed in the future. If you are already enrolled in a waiver your services will not change.

I am on the Waiting List now and…

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Your county board of developmental disabilities will work with you to access resources to address your immediate need. That might include using unpaid supports, local and community resources, county board funding, or waiver enrollment.

Because waivers are only one funding stream to pay for services, your county board of developmental disabilities will work with you to braid together resources, such as unpaid supports, local and community resources, county board funding, or waiver enrollment.

Your county board of developmental disabilities will work with you to provide additional services and funding as your needs change.

Stakeholders representing people with developmental disabilities and their family members, guardians, providers, advocacy groups, and county boards of developmental disabilities in partnership with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities are developing changes to Ohio’s Waiting List that simplify the system to better reflect unmet needs and more efficiently direct supports to people and families who need them most. 
                                  Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council Waiting List Study 2014

​ ​DODD's stakeholder workgroup includes

Advocacy & Protective Services, Inc.


Autism Society



People First Ohio

And people with developmental disabilities acting as self-advocates