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Medicaid Waiver Programs in Ohio

Medicaid waivers are programs offered through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD), and the Ohio Department of Aging. Waiver programs provide services to people who would otherwise be in a nursing home or hospital to receive long-term care. There are many factors that determine a person's eligibility for a waiver, such as the type and extent of their disability, the prognosis, and their financial assets. Each waiver provides different types of services.

This section offers general information about waiver programs in Ohio. Contact the agency that administers the waiver to verify the information provided in this section and for more specific information about eligibility, services, and how to apply.

Individual Options (IO) Waiver

The Individual Options Waiver (IO Waiver) is for people with developmental disabilities who meet the waiver's eligibility requirements. Services provided through this waiver allow people to stay in their homes and get support rather than living in an Intermediate Care Facility. This waiver is administered by DODD.

Resources from DODD

The following links provide more information on eligibility requirements, services provided, and how to apply. You can also contact your county board of DD for information.

Level 1 Waiver

The Level 1 Waiver is for people with mental retardation or developmental disabilities who meet the waiver's eligibility requirements. Services provided through this waiver allow people to stay in their homes and get support rather than living in an Intermediate Care Facility (ICF/MR). This waiver is administered by DODD.

Resources from DODD

The following links provide more information on eligibility requirements, services provided, and how to apply. You can also contact your county board of DD for information.

Self Empowered Life Funding (SELF) waiver

The Self Empowered Life Funding (SELF) waiver, administered by DODD, allows individuals with developmental disabilities who receive support on the waiver to direct where and how they receive those services. The SELF waiver is a capped waiver offering a budget of up to $25,000 for children and $40,000 for adults.

Resources from DODD

The following links provide more information on eligibility requirements, services provided, and how to apply. You can also contact your county board of DD for information.

See also LRS' publication: Self-Empowered Life Funding (SELF) Waiver: Frequently Asked Questions

Ohio Home Care Program

The Ohio Home Care Program offers services through the Ohio Home Care Waiver and Transitions Waiver. The waivers are designed to meet the home care needs of people who have certain medical conditions and/or functional abilities that would qualify them for Medicaid coverage in a nursing home or hospital. This program is administered by ODJFS.

Resources from ODJFS

The following links provide more information on eligibility requirements, services provided, and how to apply. You can also contact your county department of Job and Family Services for information.

Waivers for Older Ohioans

The Ohio Department of Aging offers several waiver programs. These programs are designed to by provide care assistance so older Ohioans can remain at home instead of moving into a nursing home or other facility.

Resources from the Ohio Department of Aging:

Visit the Ohio Department of Aging Web site for more information. You can also contact your Area Agency on Aging for information.

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