Connecticut

Connecticut currently has six waivers that are open to children. All are HCBS 1915(c) Medicaid waivers. Three of these programs waive parental income; we do not know the status of the others. For general information on Connecticut's waivers for people with developmental disabilities, see Connecticut's HCBS Waiver Guidebook, this overview, or this page.

Connecticut also has several adult-only waivers, including ABI, Personal Care Assistance, HCBS for Elders, ABI Waiver II, and Mental Health Waiver.

Connecticut has recently begun offering the Community First Choice Option for individuals already on Medicaid. We are unsure how this will affect children needing services.

Advocacy Organizations in Connecticut:

Programs in Connecticut

KATIE BECKETT
  • Target Population: Children and adults with physical or other health disabilities.
  • Ages: 0-20
  • 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: 342
  • Expiration Date: 12/31/2016; waiver continues but we have been unable to obtain renewal documentation yet
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides case management to individuals with physical disabilities ages 0-22.
  • Online State Information: This comprehensive information
  • Official Federal Information
  • How to Apply: Contact (800) 445-5394 (Press #3)
  • Waiting List: There are 1009 people with developmental disabilities, 812 people with physical disabilities, and 646 children on the waiting list in Connecticut. The waitlist time has historically been 6-7 years on average; however, 100 additional spots were added recently.
EARLY CHILDHOOD AUTISM
  • Target Population: Children with autism.
  • Ages: 3-4
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility
  • Income Waiver: unknown
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 50
  • Expiration Date: 1/31/2019
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides ABA certified clinician, life skills coach for children with autism, ages 3-4.
  • Online State Information: DDS Autism Services
  • Official Federal Information
  • How to Apply: Contact Autism Services at 860-418-6078.
  • Waiting List: There are 1009 people with developmental disabilities, 812 people with physical disabilities, and 646 children on the waiting list in Connecticut.
HOME AND COMMUNITY SUPPORTS WAIVER FOR PERSONS WITH AUTISM
  • Target Population: Children and adults with autism.
  • Ages: 3+
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility
  • Income Waiver: unknown
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 136
  • Expiration Date: 12/31/2017
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides community companion homes, live-in companion, respite, assistive technology, clinical behavioral support, community mentor, individuals good and services, interpreter, job coaching, life skills coach, non-medical transportation, PERS, social skills group, specialized driving assessment for individuals with autism, ages 3 – no max age.
  • Online State Information: DDS Autism Services
  • Official Federal Information
  • How to Apply: Contact Autism Services at 860-418-6078.
  • Waiting List: There are 1009 people with developmental disabilities, 812 people with physical disabilities, and 646 children on the waiting list in Connecticut. 
INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY SUPPORT
  • Target Population: Children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
  • Ages: 3+
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the waiver is based on the child's income only.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 4350
  • Expiration Date: 1/31/2018
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides adult day health, community companion homes (formerly community training homes), group day supports, individual supported employment (formerly supported employment), live-in companion, prevocational services, respite, independent support broker, behavioral support, companion supports (formerly adult companion), continuous residential supports, environmental mods, group supported employment (formerly supported employment), health care coordination, individualized day supports, individualized home supports, individually directed goods and services, interpreter, nutrition, parenting support, PERS, personal support, senior supports, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals with DD (ages 18 – no max age), and IID (ages 3 – no max age).
  • Online State Information: DSS: Community Options
  • Official Federal Information
  • How to Apply: Contact DDS Helplines

    North Region 1-877-437-4577 email: dds.nr.ifshelpline@ct.gov
    South Region 1-877-437-4567 email:  dds.sr.ifshelpline@ct.gov
    West Region  1-877-491-2720 email:  dds.wr.ifshelpline@ct.gov

  • Waiting List: There are 1009 people with developmental disabilities, 812 people with physical disabilities, and 646 children on the waiting list in Connecticut.
EMPLOYMENT AND DAY SUPPORTS
  • Target Population: Children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
  • Ages: 3+
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility
  • Income Waiver: unknown
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 2150
  • Expiration Date: 3/31/2021
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides adult day health, community based day support options, individual supported employment formerly supported employment, respite, independent support broker, peer support, assistive technology, behavioral support services, group supported employment formerly supported employment, individual goods and services, individualized day support, interpreter, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation for individuals with DD (ages 18 - no maximum age) and ID (ages 3 - no maximum age).
  • Online State Information: DSS: Community Options
  • Official Federal Information
  • How to Apply: Contact DDS Helplines

    North Region 1-877-437-4577 email: dds.nr.ifshelpline@ct.gov
    South Region 1-877-437-4567 email:  dds.sr.ifshelpline@ct.gov
    West Region  1-877-491-2720 email:  dds.wr.ifshelpline@ct.gov

  • Waiting List: There are 1009 people with developmental disabilities, 812 people with physical disabilities, and 646 children on the waiting list in Connecticut. 
COMPREHENSIVE SUPPORTS
  • Target Population: Children and adults with intellectual disabilities needing extensive supports.
  • Ages: 3+
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the waiver is based on the child's income only.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 5450
  • Expiration Date: 9/30/2018
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides adult day health, community companion homes/community living arrangements, group day supports, live-in caregiver, respite, supported employment, independent support broker, adult companion, assisted living, behavioral support, continuous residential supports, environmental mods, health care coordination, individual goods and services, individualized day supports, individualized home supports, interpreter, nutrition, parenting support, PERS, personal support, senior supports, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation, vehicle mods for DD (18 yrs - no max age) and for IID (3 yrs - no max age).
  • Online State Information: DSS: Community Options
  • Official Federal Information
  • How to Apply: Contact DDS Helplines

    North Region 1-877-437-4577 email: dds.nr.ifshelpline@ct.gov
    South Region 1-877-437-4567 email:  dds.sr.ifshelpline@ct.gov
    West Region  1-877-491-2720 email:  dds.wr.ifshelpline@ct.gov

  • Waiting List: There are 1009 people with developmental disabilities, 812 people with physical disabilities, and 646 children on the waiting list in Connecticut. 
OTHER PROGRAMS