Arizona currently operates one 1115 demonstration waiver and serves all children with disabilities through this program. View Arizona’s Health Care Cost Containment System Page. Because Arizona operates its program through a demonstration waiver, some federal rules are waived.

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Last updated 8/23/23

Programs in Arizona

  • Target Population: Children of all ages with disabilities as determined by state guidelines
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility, Nursing Facility, Hospital
  • Income Waiver: If a child qualifies based on disability, eligibility is based on the child’s income only. Parent income is not counted.
  • Waiver Type: 1115
  • Spots: unlimited
  • Expiration Date: 9/30/2027
  • Description: The following services are available: attendant care, day treatment and training, employment services and supports, habilitation, home health aide, home modifications, home nursing, housekeeping, medical services, respiratory therapy, therapies, and transportation.
  • Online State Information: Assistance can be found at the Division of Developmental Disabilities or through the Long Term Care program (ALTCS).
  • Official Federal Information
  • How to Apply: Go to AHCCCS to begin the application process.
  • Waiting List: There may be waiting lists for some services.

Additional Information

  • Arizona offers a Licensed Health Aid (LHA) program, which allows parents who obtain an LHA certificate to be paid to care for minor children, including those with substantial medical technology like trachs and vents. More information is available here and through the AHCCCS Website.
  • Parents/guardians of minors under the age of 18 have been allowed to be paid for attendant care and habilitation hours during the pandemic. The state is in the process of formalizing rules to make this change permanent, with some restrictions. Beginning in October 2024, parents will be limited to up to 40 hours per week, with a maximum of 16 hours per day, per child. Arizona recently filed an 1115 waiver amendment to make these changes permanent. See this page for more information.
  • Parents/guardians of adult participants over the age of 18 can be paid to provide attendant care and habilitation hours up to the approved maximum.

Arizona Family Caregiver Reimbursement Program – reimburses individuals over age 18 for home modifications and some other limited expenses.