The Persons with Disabilities Waiver is a Medicaid program that provides home and community-based services to eligible individuals with disabilities in Illinois.
The Persons with Disabilities Waiver (PDW) is a Medicaid program that provides home and community-based services (HCBS) to individuals with disabilities between the ages of 19 and 59. The purpose of this waiver is to enable individuals with disabilities to live independently in their own homes or community settings rather than in institutions. The PDW also aims to promote the health, safety, and well-being of individuals with disabilities and their caregivers.
The PDW serves individuals who have a physical disability or a developmental disability that is not related to aging. The PDW does not serve individuals with a primary diagnosis of mental illness, substance abuse, or intellectual disability. The PDW is administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS).
To be eligible for the PDW, an individual must meet the following criteria:
The PDW offers a range of services and supports designed to meet each participant's individual needs and preferences. Some of the services and supports available under the PDW are:
One of the benefits of the PDW is that it allows participants to choose their assistants. This means that participants can hire their family members as personal assistants and pay them for the care they provide. Family members who can be hired as personal assistants include spouses, parents, siblings, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and in-laws.
The PDW pays personal assistants an hourly wage that DHS/DRS determines. The compensation varies depending on the county where the participant lives and the type of service provided. As of July 1, 2023, the hourly wage for personal assistants ranges from $13.50 to $15.00. Personal assistants can work up to 40 hours per week or up to the hours authorized by DHS/DRS.
To become a personal assistant, a family member must meet the following requirements:
If you are interested in applying for this waiver or finding out if you are eligible for compensation as a family caregiver, please fill out this form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We are here to help you get the support you need and deserve.