Medicaid Waiver

What is the waiver?

The Medicaid Waiver program “waives” the pre-1981 requirement that eligible persons be institutionalized in order to get funding for long-term care. The waiver reimburses families for the costs of caring for their child (of any age) in their home or can provide funds to facilitate independent living for an adult. There are provisions for developing social relationships and skill-building.

For children under the age of 18, the waiver also “waives” the parent’s income and asset requirements normally associated with Medicaid. Adults on the waiver must meet the asset and income restrictions associated with Medicaid. Persons on a Medicaid Waiver automatically are enrolled in Medicaid Disability as their insurance plan.


Indiana offers eight Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) programs that target specific groups. HCBS programs allow members to live in a community setting and avoid institutional placement. To be eligible for any HCBS program, you must meet Medicaid guidelines and HCBS program-specific eligibility guidelines.

The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) provides services for individuals with developmental disabilities that enable them to live as independently as possible in their communities. The BDDS fact sheets outline the eligibility requirements for the waivers:

Contact your local BDDS office location with questions.

Using the Waiver at ASI

  1. Make sure you have the Medicaid Waiver.
  2. Tell your Case Manager you would like to receive services from ASI. You will need to “pick” ASI as your provider and sign the “pick list.”
  3. ASI will contact you to get the services needed.

Completing the Waiver Application

Paper applications must be printed, signed, and submitted to the local BDDS office via fax, mail, or in-person delivery. For a list of locations and contact information, download the BDDS office locations information sheet.

You can find more information about the waivers by downloading the fact sheets at the links below:

Need help completing the waiver? Check out the BDDS application instructions, email us at, or join ASI for a free, virtual waiver workshop!

Waiver Services Provided by ASI

  • Respite Care

    The goal of these services is to care for the caregiver and to provide temporary relief from the sometimes 24-hour job of supervising and supporting a person with a disability. Respite services provide the parent or guardian time to connect with friends and family, attend a special event, relax, run errands, and reenergize while knowing their loved one is cared for.

  • Participant Assistance and Care (PAC)

    These services allow individuals with autism to remain and live successfully in the environment in which they are comfortable and to function and participate in their communities in order to promote independence.

All Services Covered under Indiana’s Family Supports Waiver:

  • Adult Day Services
  • Behavioral Support Services
  • Case Management
  • Community-Based Habilitation (Individual)
  • Community-Based Habilitation (Group)
  • Facility-Based Habilitation (Individual)
  • Facility-Based Habilitation (Group)
  • Facility-Based Support Services
  • Family and Caregiver Training
  • Intensive Behavioral Intervention
  • Music Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Participant Assistance and Care
  • Personal Emergency Response System
  • Physical Therapy
  • Prevocational Services
  • Psychological Therapy
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Respite
  • Specialized Medical Equipment and Supplies
  • Speech/Language Therapy
  • Supported Employment Follow-Along
  • Transportation
  • Workplace Assistance



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