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Available for people using the Individual Options Waiver


A nutritionist can give a person direction to ensure they are eating the right foods to be healthy. Medical nutrition therapy services can help treat a person's illness, injury, or medical condition, and can include nutrition assessment, intervention, and counseling. 

A nutritionist can provide a nutrition care plan for a person that could include an outline of foods to eat, conversations about the importance of the food, and counseling about the need for proper nutrition. The nutritionist can educate the person with disabilities, their family, guardian, or others who help with meals.

When to Apply this Service

The person’s service and support administrator, or SSA, will assess them for a need for Nutrition services. If there is a need, the SSA will include it in the person’s individual service plan.

Providing this Service

Agency and independent providers that have a Medicaid provider agreement and are DODD-certified can provide this service.

This service  can be provided on a one-on-one basis or for a group.

Eligible providers include

  • an independent licensed dietitian,
  • a licensed dietitian as an employee of an agency.

Training Requirements for this Service

Providers must complete the initial provider certification and annual training requirements to deliver this service.

Billing and Payment Information

All services must be delivered as specified in the individual service plan and authorized in Payment Authorization for Waiver Services, known as PAWS, to be successfully submitted for payment through eMBS.

Rates and limits for Nutrition are contained in the service rule's appendix.