Three Different Waivers
The Self-Empowered Life Funding (SELF) waiver is Ohio’s first participant-directed waiver. It lets people direct where and how they receive services, this is known as self-direction.
Eligibility: Individuals must be willing and able to self-direct at least one waiver service, be able to have their health and welfare needs met through the SELF waiver, need of at least one SELF waiver service, be Medicaid eligible, and have an ICF level of care. There are no age requirements for eligibility.
The Level 1 waiver allows for minimal paid support and relies heavily on natural supports assisting individuals to live in community settings of their choice with supports instead of living in an institution.
Eligibility: Individuals must meet be Medicaid-eligible and have an ICF level of care – there are no age requirements.
The Individual Options (IO) waiver is a more comprehensive waiver which allows individuals to live in community settings of their choice with supports instead of living in an institution. The IO waiver has a higher funding limit waiver services are developed in order to meet a person’s individualized needs.
Eligibility: Individuals must meet Medicaid eligibility criteria and have an ICF level of care – there are no age requirements.
Medicaid is a federal program that allows eligible individuals with low income to receive needed health-related services. Funding is made possible with a combination of federal and state dollars. Services are unique to each State approved under what is called a State Plan.
Home and Community-based Waivers are Medicaid funding that provides additional services and supports to eligible individuals, beyond what is offered through the State Plan, to help individuals to live in community settings of their choice with supports instead of an institution. Funding is made possible through a combination of federal, state, and local levy dollars.
As county boards complete the Ohio Assessment for Immediate Need and Current Need for people with disabilities, the following videos will illustrate how a person or family member can set up a DODD Portal account and how to view their completed assessment.