Apply for the Home and Community Based Services Waiver

Apply for the Home and Community Based Services Waiver

About the HCBS Waiver

The Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver offers several different services to support people in the community.

The HCBS waiver is one of many waivers that the federal government approves to allow states to be more flexible with the use of Medicaid funds. Under these special agreements, the federal government sets aside certain Medicaid rules to allow states to use Medicaid funding for services that will support people to live at home with their families or independently in the community instead of in a nursing home or other institutional setting.


Enroll in the HCBS Waiver

To receive the supports and services offered through the HCBS Waiver, you will need to enroll in the program. To request enrollment, you must fill out and submit an Application for Participation.


At the time of enrollment, you must live at home or in a certified Family Care home, community residence or group home.

You will need to provide evidence of:

  • A developmental disability
  • An appropriate level of need for these services
  • Eligibility for Medicaid enrollment
  • An appropriate living arrangement
  • Other information as necessary

Application for Participation in the OPWDD HCBS Waiver