Frequently Asked Questions about Medicaid Wavier Services
Many of us have heard of and/or even share information about the “Medicaid Waiver.” While we are familiar with the basic idea of the waiver, we may not understand the process or purpose of the waiver. The “Medicaid Waiver” we often discuss is called the Family Support Services Waiver (FSSW), but there are actually other waivers available. The process of applying can be daunting for some, but offers needed assistance for many. This week’s resources will focus on the goal of learning more about the FSSW.
Q: What is it?
A: The FSSW is a community-based, government service that is available to provide supports for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities. It is not based on income. There is a waiting list that varies in length. Currently, the average wait after application is about 8-10 months in Indiana. According to several sources, the FSSW Waiver can provide up to approximately $17,000 annually, in services and supports, which can range from supported employment to respite and includes a variety of therapies. A case manager helps guide you in the process of selecting services, once you are selected (or targeted) to receive services.
Q: Where do I apply?
A: Bureau of Developmental Disability Services (BDDS) *Note: People often call this “BEADS” for short.
1452 Vaxter Avenue
Clarksville, IN 47129-7721
Q: How do I apply?
A: Call BDDS at 1-812-283-1040 and request a FSSW packet to be mailed to you. You will need the individual’s address, DOB, and SS# available when you request the packet.
Q: What does this all mean?
A: ARC of Indiana has an informative article to help navigate this process: https://www.arcind.org/supports-services/medicaid-waivers/
Q: Okay. I have the packet, how do I fill this paperwork out?
A: Here is a Video Tutorial for Applying: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmqYGhWeP_Y&t=13s
Q: I’m still stuck. Who else can help me navigate this process?
A: IN*SOURCE (Indiana Resource Center for Families with Special Needs)
ARC of Indiana
ASK (About Special Kids)
Q: I feel alone in this journey. Are there others that understand what I’m going through?
A: There are several local parent and support groups. You may want to call before attending, to ensure they are meeting on a given week.
REACH-IN Special Needs Family Support Groups
Every Thursday Evening
Rolling Fields Church Community Bldg.
1858 E. 8th Street Jeffersonville 47130
Weekly childcare & 2 monthly playgroups
Childcare Coordinator RSVP: Sheri Ray 1-502-494-6021
Lead Support Group Facilitator: Kristal Maggard 812-786-8402
A.S.K. (Autism Society of Kentuckiana)
Floyds Knobs, IN 47119
Contact: Vonya Gresham
Parents of Children with Autism Support Group
Monday 6-7 pm
2623 Charlestown Road
New Albany, IN 47150
Contacts: Samantha Sharp firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Josh 1.502.303.4063
Questions? Contact your local CAIRE Autism Coordinators:
Kristi A. Riddle, OTD, MS, OTR, SCSS
Autism Coordinator/Educational Diagnostician
Sensory Integration Certified Occupational Therapist
AOTA Specialty Certified in School Systems
Patti Martin Frantz
Autism Coordinator/Educational Diagnostician
Greater Clark County Schools
TWO MEDICAID WAIVERS
STATE & NAT'L LEGISLATURES
FEDERAL EDUCATION LAWS
INDIANA DISABILITY RIGHTS
Toll Free: 800.622.4845
Local TTY: 317.722.5563
Toll Free TTY: 800.383.1131
INDIANA INSURANCE MANDATE
REACH-Kids Monthly Play Group (free to participating families)
& UTILITY SUPPORT PROGRAM
Assists families with utility costs, including payment for utility bills, funding to reactivate or prevent disconnection of services, deposit assistance to begin services, and funding to cover back utility debt.
Nathan B. Masingo, Attorney
224 E. Court Ave
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
SPECIAL NEEDS PLANNING
Gordon Homes, Financial Advisor
As a Special Care Team Planner, Gordon will work with you and your professional advisors – your banker, accountant or financial planner, lawyer, social workers and health care providers – to review your financial picture and offer options that make sense for your situation.
Westpoint Financial Group
2 Locations: Indianapolis, IN
& Louisville, KY
Food & Nutrition for ADHD, Autism, and Healthy Children
For parents who are new to autism or the science that proves autism symptoms can be dramatically improved through nutrition.
Click on video links here
Julie Matthews, CNC and CNE Author, Nourishing Hope for Autism Founder: Nourishing Hope & BioIndividual Nutrition Institute
2021 Best Special Needs Camp Directory
The Autism Directory
Autism is a neurological condition, present from early childhood, characterized by difficulty in communicating & forming relationships with other people & in using language & abstract concepts. Autism spectrum disorder impacts the nervous system. The range and severity of symptoms can vary widely. Common symptoms include difficulty with communication, difficulty with social interactions, obsessive interests, and repetitive behaviors.
Early diagnosis leads to early intervention, and early intervention (specifically ABA Therapy) is key to building the brightest future for any child diagnosed on the autism spectrum.
"Autism is what I have, not what I am." - Matthew A. Brown