Ohio's Waiver Waiting List

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.

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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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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.


Changes to the Waiting List
                       Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council Waiting List Study 2014

To better serve Ohioans with developmental disabilities, the department initiated the process of simplifying the Waiting List for home and community-based waiver services and to improve access to resources and services.

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.

​ ​DODD's stakeholder workgroup currently includes

Lori Horvath, deputy director of the DODD’s Division of Medicaid Development and Administrative Services talks about the Waiting List stakeholder workgroup. Click to see (Full Screen)
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CCL-logo.png The Coalition for Community Living
logo.png Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities

Ohio Self Determination Association

People with developmental disabilities acting as self-advocates