The HCBS Brain Injury Waiver is a Medicaid program in Kansas that provides home and community-based services to eligible individuals who have an acquired or traumatic brain injury and would otherwise require institutionalization in a Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Facility (TBIRF). Here, we also explore the eligibility requirements, the range of services and supports, and the compensation options for caregivers under this waiver.
The HCBS Brain Injury Waiver in Kansas is a Medicaid program approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in 1991. This waiver aims to provide innovation in providing home and community-based services (HCBS) to eligible participants who have an acquired or traumatic brain injury and would otherwise require institutionalization in a TBIRF. The waiver aims to promote the independence, integration, and inclusion of individuals with brain injuries in their communities.
The target population of this waiver is individuals between 0 and 64 years of age who have a documented medical diagnosis of an acquired or traumatic brain injury that has caused injuries that would continue to improve with intensive brain injury therapies. The waiver serves individuals of all ages, from birth to death. As of July 2019, there were 1,200 individuals enrolled in this waiver.
To be eligible for this waiver, an individual must meet the following criteria:
The HCBS Brain Injury Waiver in Kansas offers a variety of services and supports to help individuals live independently and participate in their communities. Some of the services and supports available under this waiver are:
One of the benefits of this waiver is that it allows individuals to self-direct some or all of their HCBS services. This means that individuals can choose who provides their services, how they are provided, when, and where they are delivered. Individuals can also hire their service providers, including family members or friends.
If you are a family caregiver of a person enrolled in this waiver, you may be able to get paid for providing some of the HCBS services, such as personal care, respite care, or assistive services. However, there are some limitations and conditions that apply, such as:
If you are interested in applying for this waiver or finding out if you are eligible for caregiver compensation, please fill out this form, and we will get in contact with you.