In Ohio, each County Board manages a waiting list for Home and Community-based Waiver services. A County Board must establish a waiting list if "available resources are not sufficient to meet the needs of all individuals who request home and community-based services." This includes waiting lists for the I/O waiver, Level 1 waiver, and the Self-Empowered Life Funding (SELF) waiver.
People on the waiting list receive a waiver in this order, which is required by law:
Emergencies – The law defines an emergency as any situation where there is a risk of substantial self-harm or substantial harm to others if action isn't taken within 30 days. Examples of emergencies include loss of residence, loss of a caretaker, and abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
Priorities – Priority categories are defined in statute and rule. Your County Board will determine if a priority category exists on a case-by-case basis. Generally, the County Board has the ability to "refinance" local expenditures and serve emergencies, individuals with intensive needs or individuals who are living with aging caregivers are a priority.
Date of Request – Waiver services also are offered based on the date you were added to the waiting list.
To determine if you should be on a waiting list and the various options that may meet your needs, contact your local County Board.