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Philosophy of the HCBS/TBI Waiver

The dignity of risk and right to fail are integral parts of the waiver’s philosophy. The philosophy of the waiver supports the participant’s right to choose where to live, who to live and socialize with, and what goals and activities to pursue.

Waiver services are provided based on the participant’s unique strengths, needs, choices and goals. The individual is the primary decision-maker and works in cooperation with providers to develop a plan for services. This process leads to personal empowerment, increased independence, greater community inclusion, self-reliance and meaningful and productive activities.

Eligibility Criteria

An individual applying to participate in the waiver must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Be a recipient of Medicaid coverage that supports community based long term care services.
  2. Have a diagnosis of traumatic brain injury (TBI).

NOTE: Individuals who experience deficits similar to a traumatic brain injury as a result of anoxia, toxic poisoning, stroke or other neurological conditions may also be eligible. Individuals with gestational or birth related difficulties such as cerebral palsy or autism or who have a progressive degenerative disease, are not eligible for the waiver.

      3. Be between the ages of 18 and 64 upon application to the waiver.