Home and Community Based Waivers (HCBS)

Waiver Overview

The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) offers five Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waivers:

  • Basic Plus
  • Children's Intensive In-home Behavioral Supports (CIIBS)
  • Community Protection         
  • Core
  • Individual and Family Services (IFS). 

Each of the five waivers provides an array of services tailored to the specific populations they serve. Waiver services provide additional support when Medicaid state plan services and other supports are not sufficient.  For more information about the waiver program, go to the Services and Information Request form, contact your Case Resource Manager, Social Worker, or regional DDA office.

For detailed information about all DDA services, please visit the Informing Families Website.

DDA received approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the 5 year renewals of the following 4 waivers:  Basic Plus, Core, Community Protection (CP) and Children’s Intensive In-home Behavioral Support (CIIBS).  DDA also received approval of the Individual and Family Services (IFS) waiver amendment. 

Current Approved Waivers

Waiver services provide additional support when Medicaid state plan services and other supports are not sufficient.  For more information about the waiver program, contact your Case Resource Manager, Social Worker, or regional DDA office.

Waiver Amendments

Draft waiver amendments for the Individual and Family Services (IFS), Basic Plus, Core and Community Protection Waiver are available for public comment April 12th through May 12, 2018:

  • Proposed Changes to Individual and Family Services (IFS) waiver effective 6/1/17:
    • Increase in unduplicated participant capacity from 6860 to 8100  participants per year for waiver years 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20;
  • Proposed Changes to Basic Plus, Core and Community Protection waivers effective 6/1/18:
    • Revision of post-eligibility treatment of income to align waivers with proposed revisions in WAC 182-515-1514; the existing waivers contain language limiting the deductibility of guardianship fees to $175 per month; in the proposed WAC and waiver amendments, guardianship fees up to $225 per month will be permitted.

Submit comments no later than May 12th, 2018 to Bob Beckman, Developmental Disabilities Administration, PO Box 45310, Olympia WA 98504-5310 or email bob.beckman@dshs.wa.gov.

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