New York

New York currently has nine Medicaid waivers that accept children. All nine waivers are HCBS 1915(c) waivers, and all waive parent income. Three of these waivers serve only foster children, while four serve all children. The remaining two are primarily adult programs. For general information on children's waiver programs in New York, see the Resource Directory for Children and Young Adults with Special Health Care Needs or access the Front Door, New York's gateway to services for people with developmental disabilities.

New York also has two adult-only waivers, Nursing Home Transition and Diversion Medicaid Waiver and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Many of New York's programs are currently listed as expired at medicaid.gov; however, all programs remain operational.

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Programs in New York

CARE AT HOME I/II
  • Target Population: Children with physical or other health disabilities. Children must have had a 30 day institutional (hospital or nursing facility) stay.
  • Ages: 0-17
  • Levels of Care: Nursing Facility, Hospital
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the waiver is based on the child's income only.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 3698
  • Expiration Date: 11/30/2012 but program is still active
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides case management, bereavement services, expressive therapies, family palliative care education (training), home and vehicle mods, massage therapy, pain and symptom management, and respite for physically disabled, ages 0-17.
  • Online State Information: Care at Home I/II or the Care at Home manual.
  • How to Apply: Contact the Care at Home coordinator at your local Department of Social Services.
  • Waiting List: none
CARE AT HOME VI
  • Target Population: Children with intellectual or developmental disabilities, including autism.
  • Ages: 0-17
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the waiver is based on the child's income only.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 220
  • Expiration Date: 2/28/2013 but program is still active
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides case management, respite and assistive technology for people with MR, DD and autism, ages 0-17.
  • Online State Information: OPWDD Care at Home page or OPWDD Front Door
  • How to Apply: Apply at your local Developmental Disabilities Regional Office.
  • Waiting List: none
CARE AT HOME III
  • Target Population: Children with intellectual or developmental disabilities, including autism.
  • Ages: 0-17
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the waiver is based on the child's income only.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 220
  • Expiration Date: 9/30/2014 but program is still active
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides case management, respite, and assistive technology to individuals with autism, MR, DD, ages 0 – 17.
  • Online State Information: OPWDD Care at Home page or OPWDD Front Door
  • How to Apply: Apply at your local Developmental Disabilities Regional Office.
  • Waiting List: none
OMH SED
  • Target Population: Children with serious emotional disturbance or mental illness.
  • Ages: 5-21
  • Levels of Care: Hospital
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the waiver is based on the child's income only.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 2543
  • Expiration Date: 12/31/2013 but program is still active
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides for crisis response, family support, individualized care coordinator (case management), intensive in-home, respite, skill building for individuals with mental illness or  SED, ages 5 – 21.
  • Online State Information: SED Waiver and SED Waiver Documents
  • How to Apply: Contact your Single Point of Access (SPOA) through your local mental health governing unit.
  • Waiting List: none
OPWDD COMPREHENSIVE

This waiver is now more commonly called OPWDD Comprehensive Waiver and is also being called the People First Waiver

  • Target Population: Children and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities, including autism.
  • Ages: all
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the waiver is based on the child's income only.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 82,760
  • Expiration Date: 3/30/2021
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides day habilitation, live-in caregiver, prevocational, residential habilitation, respite, supported employment, agency with choice/FMS, consolidated supports and services, support brokerage, assistive technology-adaptive devices, community habilitation, community transition, environmental mods (home accessibility), family education and training, intensive behavioral services, pathway to employment, plan of care support services for individuals with autism, IID, DD, ages 0 - no max age.
  • Online State Information: People First Waiver or OPWDD Front Door
  • How to Apply: Apply at your local Developmental Disabilities Regional Office.
  • Waiting List: none
LONG TERM HOME HEALTH CARE PROGRAM
  • Target Population: Children and adults with physical or other health disabilities.
  • Ages: all
  • Levels of Care: Nursing Facility
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the waiver is based on the child's income only.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 3749
  • Expiration Date: 8/31/2015 but program is still active
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides respite, assistive technology, community transitional services, congregate and home delivered meals, environmental mods, home and community support services, home maintenance, medical social services, moving assistance, nutritional counseling/education services, respiratory therapy, social day care transportation, and social day care for aged individuals (ages 65 - no max age) and physically disabled (ages 0 – 64).
  • Online State Information: Long Term Health Care Program
  • How to Apply: Contact your local Department of Social Services.
  • Waiting List: none
BRIDGES TO HEALTH FOR CHILDREN WITH SED
  • Target Population: Foster children with serious emotional disturbance or mental illness.
  • Ages: 0-20
  • Levels of Care: Hospital
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the waiver is based on the child's income only.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 3929
  • Expiration Date: 12/31/2015 but program is still active
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides day habilitation, health care integration, skill building, special needs community advocacy and support, accessibility mods, adaptive and assistive equipment, crisis avoidance and management and training, crisis respite, family/caregiver supports and services, immediate crisis response services, intensive in-home supports and services, planned respite, vocational services for individuals with mental illness (ages 19-20) and with SED (ages 0-18).
  • Online State Information: Bridges to Health Program or Bridges to Health from OCFS
  • How to Apply: Contact your local Department of Social Services or call the Office of Children and Family Services at (518) 408-4064.
  • Waiting List: none
BRIDGES TO HEALTH FOR CHILDREN WITH DD
  • Target Population: Foster children with developmental or intellectual disabilities, including autism.
  • Ages: 0-20
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the waiver is based on the child's income only.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 676
  • Expiration Date: 12/31/2015 but program is still active
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides day habilitation, health care integration, skill building, special needs community advocacy and support, accessibility mods, adaptive and assistive equipment, crisis avoidance and management and training, crisis respite, family/caregiver supports and services, immediate crisis response services, intensive in-home supports and services, planned respite, vocational services for individuals with autism, DD, ID, ages 0-20.
  • Online State Information: Bridges to Health Program or Bridges to Health from OCFS
  • How to Apply: Contact your local Department of Social Services or call the Office of Children and Family Services at (518) 408-4064.
  • Waiting List: none
BRIDGES TO HEALTH FOR CHILDREN WHO ARE MEDICALLY FRAGILE
  • Target Population: Foster children who are medically fragile.
  • Ages: 0-20
  • Levels of Care: Nursing Facility
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the waiver is based on the child's income only.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 181
  • Expiration Date: 12/31/2015 but program is still active
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides day habilitation, health care integration, skill building, special needs community advocacy and support, accessibility mods, adaptive and assistive equipment, crisis avoidance and management and training, crisis respite, family/caregiver supports and services, immediate crisis response services, intensive in-home supports and services, planned respite, vocational services for medically fragile individuals, ages 0-20.
  • Online State Information: Bridges to Health Program or Bridges to Health from OCFS
  • How to Apply: Contact your local Department of Social Services or call the Office of Children and Family Services at (518) 408-4064.
  • Waiting List: none