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 this overview or this guidebook. Information on other waivers can be found here.

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.

Advocacy Organizations in Connecticut:

Last updated 10/9/19

Programs in Connecticut

KATIE BECKETT
  • Target Population: Children with physical or other health disabilities.
  • Ages: 0-22
  • 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 Katie Beckett webpage or this document
  • Official Federal Information
  • How to Apply: Contact (800) 445-5394 or (860) 424-5582.
  • Waiting List: There are 1521 people with developmental disabilities, 1556 people with physical disabilities, and 231 children on the waiting list in Connecticut. The waitlist time has historically been 6-7 years on average.
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; waiver appears to still be in effect but we have not received confirmation of renewal
  • 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. Application is available here.
  • Waiting List: There are 1521 people with developmental disabilities and 231 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: 191
  • Expiration Date: 12/31/2022
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides live in companion, respite, assistive technology, clinical behavioral support services, community mentor, individual goods and services, interpreter, job coaching, life skills coach, non-medical transportation, personal emergency response system, 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. Application is available here.
  • Waiting List: There are 1521 people with developmental disabilities and 231 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: 4500
  • Expiration Date: 1/31/2023
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides adult day health, community companion homes, group day supports, individual supported employment, live-in companion, prevocational services, respite, independent support broker, assistive technology, behavioral support services, companion supports, continuous residential supports, environmental modifications, group supported employment, health care coordination, individualized day supports, individualized home supports, individually directed goods and services, interpreter, nutrition, parenting support, peer support, personal emergency response system (PERS), personal support, senior supports, shared living, specialized medical equipment and supplies, training and counseling services for unpaid caregivers, transportation, vehicle modifications for individuals with DD (ages 18 – no max age), and IID (ages 3 – no max age).
  • Online State Information: HCBS Guidebook
  • Official Federal Information
  • How to Apply: Contact the Department of Developmental Services or call (866)-433-8192.
  • Waiting List: There are 1521 people with developmental disabilities and 231 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: HCBS Guidebook
  • Official Federal Information
  • How to Apply: Contact the Department of Developmental Services or call (866)-433-8192.
  • Waiting List: There are 1521 people with developmental disabilities and 231 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: 5700
  • Expiration Date: 9/30/2023
  • Description from medicaid.gov:Provides adult day health, blended supports, group day supports, group supported employment,  live-in caregiver (42 CFR §441.303(f)(8)), prevocational services, respite, independent support broker, assisted living, assistive technology, behavioral support services, community companion homes (CCH), community living arrangements (CLA), companion supports aka as adult companion, continuous residential supports, customized employment supports, environmental modifications, health care coordination, individual directed goods and services, individual supported employment, individualized day supports, individualized home supports, interpreter, nutrition, parenting support, peer support, personal emergency response system (PERS), personal support, senior supports, shared living, specialized medical equipment and supplies, training, counseling and support services for unpaid caregivers, transitional employment services, transportation, vehicle modifications for DD (18 yrs - no max age) and for IID (3 yrs - no max age).
  • Online State Information: HCBS Guidebook
  • Official Federal Information
  • How to Apply: Contact the Department of Developmental Services or call (866)-433-8192.
  • Waiting List: There are 1521 people with developmental disabilities and 231 children on the waiting list in Connecticut.
OTHER PROGRAMS