The Comprehensive Waiver began in FY 1989. This is the only waiver that provides residential services: Residential habilitation and individualized supported living services. This waiver does not have an individual cap on the amount of service an individual may receive annually through the waiver. The person must meet ICF/MR level of care and must be at risk of needing ICF/MR services if waiver services are not provided. In addition, there must be a determination that the individual’s needs cannot be met in the Community Support Waiver.
In FY 2009 the Division was approved to serve up to 7,775 people through the Comprehensive Waiver. The approximate average cost for persons in the Comprehensive waiver for FY 2009 was $53,743.
Although this waiver can provide residential supports services when they are necessary for a participant, not every participant accesses residential services. An estimated 24% of these participants live with their families and receive support services so they may continue to live at home; 39% of participants supported in individualized supported living; and another 37% of participants supported in group home settings.