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Georgia Medicaid Waivers

Georgia currently has five waivers that are open to children, and one additional waiver that is being converted to a Money Follows the Person program. Georgia has a TEFRA program, but the other waivers are all HCBS 1915(c) Medicaid waivers. Other than the TEFRA program, which waives income, we do not know the status of income waivers for the other programs. For an overview of the programs, see this page.

Georgia also has one adult-only waiver, Independent Care Waiver Program.

Other Georgia Programs:

Georgia Advocacy Organizations:

TEFRA/Katie Beckett

  • Target Population: Children who would otherwise require care in an institution with any type of disability, including medical, developmental, intellectual, or psychiatric conditions.
  • Ages: 0-18
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility, Nursing Facility, Hospital
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the program is based on the child's income only.
  • Waiver Type: TEFRA
  • Spots: unlimited
  • Expiration Date: NA
  • Description: Provides Medicaid coverage only.
  • Online State Information: TEFRA/Katie Beckett Page
  • How to Apply: Call 678-248-7449 or pick up an application at your county Division of Family and Children Services office. Contact by mail at Right From the Start Medicaid Project, Centralized Katie Beckett Medicaid Team, 5815 Live Oak Parkway, Suite 2-D, Norcross, GA 30093-1700.
  • Waiting List: none
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.

Pediatric Program

Also called GAPP

  • Target Population: Children who are medically fragile or technology dependent and need medical daycare or in-home nursing.
  • Ages: 0-5
  • Levels of Care: Nursing Facility, Hospital
  • Income Waiver: unknown
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 500
  • Expiration Date: 3/31/2018
  • Description from medicaid.govProvides medically fragile daycare service (full day more than 5 hrs), medically fragile daycare service (less or equal to 5 hrs) for medically fragile and technology dependent individuals, ages 0-5.
  • Online State Information: GAPP Information
  • How to Apply: Contact the Medicaid Aging and Special Populations office at 404-656-6862.
  • Waiting List: Georgia has 10,364 individuals with developmental disabilities on waiting lists.
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.

Elderly and Disabled

Also called SOURCE Waiver or Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment

  • Target Population: Children and adults with physical or other medical disabilities.
  • Ages: all ages
  • Levels of Care: Nursing Facility
  • Income Waiver: unknown
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 34,492
  • Expiration Date: 9/30/2017
  • Description from medicaid.govProvides adult day health, out-of-home respite, personal support services/personal support extended/consumer directed personal support services, OT in adult day health care, PT in adult day health care, speech therapy in adult day health care, alternative living services, emergency response, enhanced care management, FMS, home delivered meals, home delivered services, skilled nurses services for aged individuals 65 yrs - no max age, and PD individuals, ages 0 – 64.
  • Online State Information: SOURCE Waiver
  • How to Apply: Call 404-463-6570 or contact your local office.
  • Waiting List: Georgia has 10,364 individuals with developmental disabilities on waiting lists.
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.

New Options Waiver

Also called NOW Program

  • Target Population: Children and adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities.
  • Ages: all ages
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility
  • Income Waiver: unknown
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 7793
  • Expiration Date: 9/30/2017
  • Description from medicaid.govProvides community living support, prevocational, respite, support coordination, supported employment, specialized medical equipment, specialized medical supplies, community guide, FMS, adult dental, adult OT, adult PT, adult speech/language therapy, behavioral supports consultation, community access, environmental accessibility adaptation, individual directed goods and services, natural support training, transportation, vehicle adaptation for MR/IID, ages 0 - no max.
  • Online State Information: New Options Waiver
  • How to Apply: Contact the Department of Community Health.
  • Waiting List: Georgia has 10,364 individuals with developmental disabilities on waiting lists.
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.

Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program

Also called COMP Waiver

  • Target Population: Children and adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities.
  • Ages: all ages
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility
  • Income Waiver: unknown
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 8450
  • Expiration Date: 12/31/2015 - Waiver is currently on an extension.
  • Description from medicaid.govProvides community living support, prevocational, respite, support coordination, supported employment, specialized medical equipment, specialized medical supplies, community guide, FMS, adult dental, adult OT, adult PT, adult speech/language therapy, behavioral supports consultation, community access, environmental accessibility adaptation, individual directed goods and services, natural support training, transportation, vehicle adaptation for MR/IID, ages 0 - no max.
  • Online State Information: COMP Waiver
  • How to Apply: Contact the Department of Community Health.
  • Waiting List: Georgia has 10,364 individuals with developmental disabilities on waiting lists.
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.

Community Based Alternatives for Youth

Also called CBAY

The waiver portion of this program is being phased out. It appears that the program will continue to operate as a Money Follows the Person program. See this handbook.

  • Target Population: Children with mental illness or serious emotional disturbance.
  • Ages: 4-21
  • Levels of Care: Psychiatric Hospital
  • Income Waiver: unknown
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: waiver is being phased out
  • Expiration Date: 9/30/2017
  • Description from medicaid.govProvides behavioral assistance, care management, clinical consultative services, respite, supported employment, community transition, customized goods and services, expressive clinical services, family peer support, financial support, waiver transportation, youth peer support for individuals with mental illness (ages 18-21) and with SED (ages 4-17).
  • Online State Information: CBAY Information
  • How to Apply: Not taking new applications for waiver portion.
  • Waiting List: Georgia has 10,364 individuals with developmental disabilities on waiting lists.
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.