New York

New York currently has two Medicaid waivers that accept children. Both waivers are HCBS 1915(c) waivers and waive parent income. For general information on children's waiver program in New York, see this brochure on Children's HCBS or access the Front Door, New York's gateway to services for people with developmental disabilities.

In 2019, New York combined several waivers to form a new Children's Waiver. The terminated waivers include the three Bridges waivers for children in foster care, OMH SED (mental health), and the Care at Home waivers.

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

Advocacy Organizations in New York:

Last updated 10/28/20

Programs in New York


Note: This waiver is a merged waiver of the Bridge waivers, Care at Home waivers, and OMH SED waiver.

  • Target Population: Children with physical or medical disabilities (including brain injury, HIV/AIDS, medically fragile, and technology dependent) mental health, or intellectual/developmental disabilities, including autism.
  • Ages: 0-20
  • Levels of Care: Hospital, Nursing Facility, 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) with 1115 waiver managed component
  • Spots: 17,379
  • Expiration Date: 3/31/2022
  • Description from Provides case management, community habilitation, day habilitation, prevocational services, respite, supported employment, adaptive and assistive equipment, caregiver/family supports and services, community self-advocacy training and supports, crisis intervention, environmental modifications, family peer support services, non-medical transportation, palliative care - expressive therapy, palliative care – bereavement service, palliative care – massage therapy, palliative care – pain and symptom management, vehicle modifications, youth peer support and training for individuals with physical and other disabilities ages 0-20, brain injury ages 0-20, HIV/AIDS ages 0-20, medically fragile ages 0-20, technology dependent ages 0-20, autism ages0-20, DD ages 0-20, ID ages 0-20, mental illness ages 18-20, and SED ages 0-18.
  • Online State Information: Children's Waiver Brochure or Children's Waiver information
  • Official Federal Information: 1915(c) and 1115
  • How to Apply: Contact Children and Youth Evaluation Service (C-YES) for evaluation or call 1-833-333-2937.
  • Waiting List: none

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 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: Brochure or OPWDD Front Door
  • Official Federal Information
  • How to Apply: Apply at your local Developmental Disabilities Regional Office.
  • Waiting List: none