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
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A.S.K. (Autism Society of Kentuckiana)
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