Suppose you are a family caregiver for a loved one with an intellectual, developmental, or autism disability in Pennsylvania. In that case, you may be wondering if there is a way to get paid for the care you provide. The answer is yes; there is a Medicaid waiver program that can help you get compensated for your caregiving work. In this blog post, we will explain the Person/Family Directed Support Waiver (P/FDS), how it works, and how you can apply for it.
The P/FDS waiver is a home and community-based waiver program that helps individuals with an intellectual, developmental, or autism disability to live more independently in their homes and communities. The P/FDS waiver provides various services that promote community living, including self-directed and agency-based service models1. The P/FDS waiver is designed to supplement, not replace, the supports and services available to individuals and their families through other sources, such as the base-funding system.
The P/FDS waiver is administered by the Department of Human Services (DHS), Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) in collaboration with the county's intellectual disability/autism programs. The P/FDS waiver operates under a federal-state partnership, where the federal government pays for 52% of the costs, and the state pays for 48% of the cost.
The P/FDS waiver has an individual cost limit of $41,000 per person per fiscal year, excluding supports broker services and support coordination. The limit can be exceeded by $15,000 for advanced supported employment services.
To be eligible for the P/FDS waiver, individuals must meet the following criteria:
The P/FDS waiver offers a range of services and supports that can help individuals with an intellectual, developmental, or autism disability to achieve their goals and preferences. Some of the services and supports available under the P/FDS waiver are:
One of the benefits of the P/FDS waiver is that it offers a self-directed option that allows eligible participants to have more control over their care and choose their care providers, including family members. This means family caregivers can get paid for personal assistance, respite, companion, in-home and community support, or other services to their loved ones under the P/FDS waiver.
To self-direct services under the P/FDS waiver, participants must:
The amount of compensation that family caregivers can receive depends on several factors, such as:
If you are interested in applying for this program or finding out if you are eligible for compensation, please fill out this form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.