California

California currently has five waivers that are open to children. All are HCBS 1915(c) Medicaid waivers. Four of these programs waive parental income; we do not know the status of the Pediatric Palliative Care Waiver. For general information on California's waivers, see this list of waivers.

California also has several adult-only waivers, including Assisted Living, Multipurpose Senior Services Program, and San Francisco Community Living Support Benefit.

California Advocacy Organizations:

Programs in California

PEDIATRIC PALLIATIVE CARE

Also called PPC Waiver

  • Target Population: Children who are medically fragile or technology dependent with life-limiting conditions, and who live in the following counties: Alameda, Fresno, Los Angeles, Marin, Monterey, Orange, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Sonoma. Future participating counties may include: Kern, San Bernardino, Riverside, Humboldt, and Sacramento.
  • Ages: 0-20
  • Levels of Care: Hospital
  • Income Waiver: Unknown
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 1880
  • Expiration Date: 3/31/2017
  • Description from medicaid.govProvides care coordination, home respite care, personal care, expressive therapies, family counseling, family training, out of home respite care, and pain and symptom management for medically fragile and technology dependent individuals, ages 0-20.
  • Online State Information: PPC Waiver Page
  • How to Apply: First apply for Medi-Cal. Then contact Partners for Children in your county or call 1-866-418-2933 to apply for the waiver.
  • Waiting List: California has 1344 people with physical disabilities and 5 children on its waiting list.
  • Advocacy/Support Group: CHPCC
NURSING FACILITY/ACUTE HOSPITAL WAIVER

Also called Nursing Facility A/B Waiver; NF/AH Waiver

  • Target Population: Children and adults who are medically fragile or technology dependent.  This waiver is designed to transfer individuals out of institutions, or prevent imminent institutionalization.
  • Ages: all ages
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility, Nursing Facility, Hospital
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the waiver is based on the child's income only.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 3964
  • Expiration Date: 12/31/2016
  • Description from medicaid.govProvides case management/coordination, habilitation, home respite, waiver personal care services, community transition, continuous nursing and supportive services, environmental accessibility adaptations, facility respite, family/caregiver training, medical equipment operating expense, PERS-installation and testing, PERS, private duty nursing including home health and shared services, and transitional case management for medically fragile and technology dependent individuals, ages 0 to no maximum age.
  • Online State Information: NF/AH Waiver Page
  • How to Apply: First apply for Medi-Cal. Then contact your county social services department to apply for the waiver.
  • Waiting List: California has 1344 people with physical disabilities and 5 children on its waiting list.
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.
IN HOME OPERATIONS

Also called IHO Waiver

  • Target Population: Children and adults who are medically fragile or technology dependent.
  • Ages: all ages
  • Levels of Care: Nursing Facility
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the waiver is based on the child's income only.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 106
  • Expiration Date: 12/31/2019
  • Description from medicaid.govProvides case management/coordination, habilitation services, home respite, waiver personal care, community transition, environmental accessibility adaptations, family/caregiver training, medical equipment operating expense, PERS-installation and testing, PERS, private duty nursing-including shared services, and transitional case management for medically fragile and technology dependent individuals, ages 0 - no max age.
  • Online State Information: IHO Waiver
  • How to Apply: First apply for Medi-Cal. Then contact the following numbers: 
    • Northern California: 916.552.9105
    • Southern California: 213.897.8774
    • WPCS Hotline at 916.552.9214
  • Waiting List: California has 1344 people with physical disabilities and 5 children on its waiting list.
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.
HCBS WAIVER FOR CALIFORNIANS WITH DD

Also called HCBS-DD Waiver

  • Target Population: Children and adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities, including autism.
  • Ages: all ages
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the waiver is based on the child's income only.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 120,000
  • Expiration Date: 3/28/2017
  • Description from medicaid.govProvides behavioral intervention, community living arrangements, day service, home health aide, homemaker, prevocational services, respite care, supported employment (enhanced habilitation), chore, communication aides, community-based training, dental, environmental accessibility adaptations, FMS, non-medical transportation, nutritional consultation, optometric/optician services, PERS, prescription lenses and frames, psychology services, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized therapeutic services, speech/hearing and language services, transition/set up expenses, vehicle mods and adaptations for individuals with autism, DD, IID, ages 0 to no maximum age.
  • Online State Information: HCBS-DD Page
  • How to Apply: First apply for Medi-Cal. Then contact your Regional Center to apply for the waiver.
  • Waiting List: California has 1344 people with physical disabilities and 5 children on its waiting list.
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.
HIV/AIDS WAIVER

Also called Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Waiver

  • Target Population: Children and adults with mid to late stage HIV/AIDS.
  • Ages: all ages
  • Levels of Care: Nursing Facility, Hospital
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the waiver is based on the child's income only.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 4660
  • Expiration Date: 12/31/2016
  • Description from medicaid.govProvides enhanced case management, homemaker, attendant care, home delivered meals/nutritional supplements, Medi-Cal supplement for infants and children in foster care, minor physical adaptations to the home/specialized medical equipment and supplies, non-emergency medical transportation, nutritional counseling, psychotherapy, skilled nursing/licensed vocational nurse, and skilled nursing/licensed registered nurse to HIV/AIDS individuals, ages 0 to no maximum age.
  • Online State Information: HIV/AIDS Waiver Page
  • How to Apply: First apply for Medi-Cal. Then contact your county AIDS office to apply for the waiver.
  • Waiting List: California has 34 people with HIV/AIDS on its waiting list.
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.
OTHER PROGRAMS