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 Amendments

Draft waiver amendments for the Core Waiver and Community Protection Waiver are available for public comment June 14th through July 14th, 2018:

  • Proposed Changes to Core and Community Protection waivers with a proposed effective date of 1/1/19:
    • Adoption of a tiered-rate methodology for the payment of three provider types of Residential Habilitation services: Supported Living, Group Homes and Group Training Homes as directed by the Washington Legislature;
    • A description of the proposed tiered-rate methodology can be found in Appendix I-2a of the draft Core waiver amendment on pages 16-17 and in Appendix I-2a of the draft Community Protection waiver amendment on pages 16-17.

View the draft amendment for the Core Waiver (PDF) | View the draft amendment for the Community Protection Waiver (PDF)

Mail comments not later than June 16th, 2018 to: Bob Beckman, Developmental Disabilities Administration, PO Box 45310, Olympia WA 98504-5310 or email to: Bob.beckman@dshs.wa.gov