Pre-admissions counseling

Pre-admissions counseling focuses on people who are considering moving into an ICF. Before someone moves into the ICF, the County Board will explain the similarities and differences between an ICF and an HCBS waiver, and help determine which type of service may best meet an individual's needs.

More information about pre-admissions counseling, including a short video, the Pre-admission counseling job aid, and a form and additional guidance, is available on the training page of DODD's website.

It's important to note that the final decision about where to live is up to the individual and their family – the pre-admission counseling process simply ensures that people are aware of all of the options available.

Options counseling

Options counseling focuses on people who currently are living in an ICF. Similar to pre-admissions counseling, options counseling seeks to inform individuals and families about their options.

DODD has contracted with CareStar to provide options counseling. CareStar will be conducting a number of ICF options counseling general education sessions throughout the state to explain what an Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) and a Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver are, and the differences between the two. The sessions can be beneficial to Individuals who currently live in or are considering moving into an ICF and their families as well as anyone else interested in learning more. Watch a recent Webinar on Options counseling.  The sessions are part of the efforts in the FY2016-17 Executive Budget designed to ensure individuals and families are aware of all of the options available to them.


*If you are having trouble viewing the above webinar download the latest version of flash player here.


Visits CareStar’s website for the schedule of General Education sessions. They also will be shared in Pipeline Weekly and on the DODD Calendar. There is no cost to attend. If you have questions or would like to register for a session, contact  Wendy Wiseman at or 614-729-1547.

CareStar also will reach out to individuals who currently are living in an ICF and are on the waiting list for an HCBS waiver. There are approximately 2,500 ICF residents who on the waiting list, but it's not known if they are still interesting in enrolling on a waiver. CareStar will talk with many of these individuals and their family or guardian one-on-one to see if they are still interested in moving from an ICF to an HCBS waiver. CareStar will prioritize their visits in attempt to meet first with individuals who have been on the waiting list the longest. The visits will begin in the next several months. 

DODD will track the number of individuals who participate in both pre-admissions and options counseling, and whether they choose an ICF or community-based services.

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