Community Living

Living in the Community

The trend had changed from the late 1990s when most individuals receiving services lived in group-home type of care facilities. Today, the majority of individuals receiving residential support in Butler County live in their own home, in the community with housemates, live with family members, or receive services in their family's home.

What is a Wavier?

Medicaid home and community-based service waivers allow people with developmental disabilities to receive care in their homes and communities instead of in long-term care facilities, hospitals or intermediate care facilities. These programs are called waiver programs because, under current law, eligible people with disabilities and chronic conditions are entitled to facility-based care, but, home- and community-based care is considered optional. Therefore, states much apply for "waivers" from the federal government in order for Medicaid to provide home and community-based services.

Waivers allow people with disabilities to have more control of their lives and to remain active participants in their communities. Eligible individuals must meet specific financial criteria, must have a level of care specification and can be of any age.

Types of Waivers

Level One Waivers - services provided by a Level One Waiver can include: respite, specialized medical equipment, supported employment, transportation, and vocational habilitation. Click here to download a fact sheet about the Level One Waiver.

Individual Options (IO) Waiver - services provided by an IO Waiver can include: adult day services, adult family living, community respite, homemaker/personal care services, remote monitoring equipment, supported employment, and transportation. Click here to download a fact sheet about the IO Waiver.

Self-Empowered Life Funding (SELF) Waiver - services provided by a SELF Waiver can include: community inclusion and respite, integrated employment, support brokerage, and residential respite. Click here to download a fact sheet about the SELF Waiver.

How is a Waiver Funded?

Waiver funding is provided by local and federal dollars. The Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities provides approximately 40 percent of local dollars in order to receive 60 percent of federal Medicaid dollars. Waiver funding is a long-term local commitment. The Board continually projects the local funding needed now and in the future in order to assure the continued financial obligation can be sustained.

How can I learn more?

If you already receive services and support provided by Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities, contact your Support Coordinator, or, call (513) 785-2800.