Georgia

Georgia currently has five waivers or programs that are open to children. Georgia has a TEFRA program and four HCBS 1915(c) Medicaid waivers. The TEFRA program and two other programs waive parent income, but we do not know the status of income waivers for the other programs. For an overview of the programs, see this page, this page from Community Health, or view this guide.

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

Georgia Advocacy Organizations:

Last updated 11/7/19

Programs in Georgia

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. Parent income is not counted.
  • 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 follow the instructions on this page.
  • Waiting List: none
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Georgia Katie Beckett Medicaid Deeming Waiver Support
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 - waiver is still in effect
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides 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
  • Official Federal Information
  • How to Apply: Contact the GAPP Specialist at 404-657-7882.
  • Waiting List: Georgia has 6966 individuals with developmental disabilities and 44 people with physical disabilities on waiting lists.
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: Yes, the waiver is based on the child's income only. Parent income is not counted.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 34,826
  • Expiration Date: 11/8/2022
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides adult day health, out-of-home respite, personal support services (PSS) / personal support extended (PSSX)/consumer directed personal support services, traditional case management, occupational therapy in adult day health care, physical therapy in adult day health care, speech therapy in adult day health care, alternative living services (ALS), emergency response services (ERS), enhanced care management (ECM), financial management services (FMS), home delivered meals (HDM), home delivered services (HDS), skilled nurses services (SNS), transition community integration services, transition coordination (month 1-6), transition coordination (month 7-12), transition coordination (pre-discharge), transition services and supports for aged individuals 65 yrs - no max age, and PD individuals, ages 0 – 64.
  • Online State Information: SOURCE Program and Community Care Services Program
  • Official Federal Information
  • How to Apply: Call 404-463-6570 or contact your local Georgia Aging office.
  • Waiting List: Georgia has 6966 individuals with developmental disabilities and 44 people with physical disabilities on waiting lists.
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: 5026
  • Expiration Date: 11/8/2022
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides community living support, prevocational services, respite-15 minutes, adult occupational therapy services, adult physical therapy services, adult speech and language therapy services, nutrition services, specialized medical equipment, specialized medical supplies, community guide, financial support services, adult dental services, behavioral supports consultation, behavioral supports services, community access, community living support - extended services, community living support-personal assistance retainer, community living supports – shared, environmental accessibility adaptation, individual directed goods and services, intensive support coordination, natural support training, respite services - 2 participants, respite services - 3 participants, respite services - daily category 1, respite services daily category 2, skilled nursing services (SNS), support coordination, supported employment services, transportation, vehicle adaptation for individuals DD/ID, ages 0 - no max.
  • Online State Information: New Options Waiver
  • Official Federal Information
  • How to Apply: Contact the Department of Community Health or DBHDD.
  • Waiting List: Georgia has 6966 individuals with developmental disabilities on waiting lists.
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: Yes, the waiver is based on the child's income only. Parent income is not counted.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 8450
  • Expiration Date: 3/31/2021
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides community access, community living support, prevocational services, respite - 15 minute, support coordination, supported employment, nutrition services, specialized medical equipment, specialized medical supplies, community guide, financial support services, additional residential staff, adult dental, adult occupational therapy services, adult physical therapy services, adult speech and language therapy services, behavioral supports consultation, behavioral supports services, community living support - extended services, community living support - personal assistance retainer, community living support – shared, community residential alternative-group home (CRA-GH) 3-person residence- tier 1, CRA-GH 3-person residence- tier 2, CRA-GH 3-person residence- tier 3, CRA-GH 3-person residence- tier 4, CRA-GH 4-person residence- tier 1, CRA-GH 4-person residence- tier 2, CRA-GH 4-person residence- tier 3, CRA-GH 4-person residence- tier 4, CRA-GH 5 person residence, CRA host home- category 1, CRA host home- category 2, environmental accessibility adaptation, individual directed goods and services, intensive support coordination, natural support training, nursing services (SNS), respite – daily, transportation, vehicle adaptation for individuals with ID/DD, ages 0 - no max.
  • Online State Information: COMP Waiver
  • Official Federal Information
  • How to Apply: Contact the Department of Community Health  or DBHDD.
  • Waiting List: Georgia has 6966 individuals with developmental disabilities on waiting lists.
OTHER PROGRAMS