The Intellectually Disabled and Related Disabilities (ID/RD) Waiver is a home and community-based services (HCBS) program that provides a range of services and supports to people with intellectual disabilities or related disabilities who meet the intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID) level of care criteria. This program aims to prevent or delay institutionalization and promote the participants' independence and quality of life. The ID/RD Waiver also offers a self-direction option that allows participants to choose their service providers, including family members, and to manage their budget.
The ID/RD Waiver is one of the Medicaid HCBS waivers in South Carolina, administered by the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN). It serves people with intellectual disabilities or related disabilities who meet the ICF/IID level of care criteria.
The ID/RD Waiver provides various services and supports tailored to each participant's needs and preferences. These services are designed to help participants live in their own homes or other community settings, such as group homes or supported living arrangements. The services also aim to enhance the participants' skills, abilities, and opportunities for community integration and employment.
Some of the benefits of participating in the ID/RD Waiver include:
To be eligible for the ID/RD Waiver, you must meet the following requirements:
The ID/RD Waiver offers many services and supports to help you live independently and comfortably in your home or community. Some of these services include:
One of the most attractive features of the ID/RD Waiver is that it offers a self-direction option that allows participants to choose their service providers and manage their budgets. This option is available for the following services: residential habilitation, day activity, employment services, pre-vocational services, and behavior support services.
Under the self-direction option, participants can hire and pay a family member as a service provider, except for their spouse or legal guardian. This means that if you are a family caregiver of a person with intellectual disabilities or related disabilities, you may be able to receive compensation for the care that you provide under the ID/RD Waiver.
There are two ways to self-direct your services under the ID/RD Waiver:
The amount of compensation that you can receive as a family caregiver under the ID/RD Waiver depends on several factors, such as:
Rates of pay may vary depending on your location, qualifications, experience, etc. You should consult with your waiver case manager and/or agency to determine the exact amount of compensation that you can receive as a family caregiver under the ID/RD Waiver.
If you are interested in applying for this program or learning more about it, please fill out this form to determine if you may be eligible for caregiver compensation. We will contact you shortly to help you navigate the process.