Waiting List

In Ohio, the state maintains a waiting list for Medicaid home and community-based waiver services when there are not enough available resources to meet the needs of people that have a need for waiver services.

Each of Ohio’s county boards of developmental disabilities maintains waiting list requests for people seeking Individual Options, Level One or Self-Empowered Life Funding waivers.

The 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 a Waiting List and the various options that may meet your needs,
contact your local county board.
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What you need to know
Waivers are one type of funding for services

- The services someone needs may be available without a waiver

- A combination of funding through Level One or SELF waivers and local resources may meet all of a person’s needs

  • The county board and your SSA can coordinate funding streams to meet needs
  • If you have current unmet needs talk to your SSA

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

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

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What if I want a different waiver than the one I have now? Should I be on the waiting list?

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

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What are people on the Waiting List actually waiting for?

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My county board of developmental disabilities will work with me to provide services and funding to meet my immediate needs through a combination of available waivers and local resources, as well as paid and unpaid supports.
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Because waivers are only one funding stream for services, my county board of developmental disabilities will work with me to braid available funding streams to help me access the services I will need by braiding together multiple funding sources, like local county board of developmental disability levy funds and Ohio Medicaid benefits as well as paid and unpaid supports.

Right now my needs are met and I do not need a change in my services, but my needs may in the future. My county board of developmental disabilities will work with me to provide additional services and funding as my needs change.

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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 simplifying the system to better reflect unmet needs and more efficiently direct support to people and families who need them most.



The department’s stakeholder workgroup currently includes

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See Lori Horvath, Deputy Director of the department’s Division of Medicaid Development and Administrative Services talk about the Waiting List stakeholder workgroup.
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