The Community Waiver Program in Alabama is a Medicaid program that offers home and community-based services to people with intellectual disabilities. We will also discuss how this program can benefit family caregivers who provide unpaid care to their loved ones.
Breaking ground in 2020, the Alabama Department of Mental Health unveiled a transformative initiative called the Community Waiver Program (CWP). In a departure from conventional approaches, the CWP takes proactive strides to engage with individuals bearing intellectual disabilities, steering them away from the precipice of crisis and guiding them toward a life steeped in community vitality.
The program embraces five distinct enrollment groups, sculpting services with precision to meet their unique needs.
The CWP is currently available in 11 counties in Alabama: Baldwin, Elmore, Houston, Jefferson, Limestone, Madison, Mobile, Montgomery, Morgan, Tuscaloosa, and Walker.
To be eligible for the CWP, an individual must meet the following criteria1:
The CWP offers various services and supports to help individuals with intellectual disabilities live independently in their homes and communities. Some of the services and supports include:
The CWP also allows individuals to self-direct some of their services, which means they can choose their providers and manage their budgets. Self-direction gives individuals more control and flexibility over their services and supports.
One of the benefits of self-direction is that individuals can hire their family members as paid caregivers meaning that if you are a family caregiver who provides unpaid care to a loved one with an intellectual disability, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your caregiving work under the CWP. To do so, you must meet the following requirements:
If you meet these requirements, you can apply to become a paid caregiver under the CWP by contacting your loved one's case manager. The case manager will help you complete the necessary paperwork and enroll you as a provider. You will then be able to receive payment for providing personal care, respite care, supported employment, or supported living services to your loved one.
If you are interested in finding out if you or your loved one are eligible for this program, please fill out this form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.