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Supports Waiver (SW)

On July 1, 2006, the Supports Waiver initiative was established with the purpose of offering individuals aged 18 and above, who meet the eligibility requirements for waiver services, a range of choices and significant prospects for vocational and community integration. Its aim is to provide meaningful opportunities that promote inclusion and empower individuals in their pursuit of a fulfilling life.

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Waiver participants are eligible for all medically necessary Medicaid services. In addition to the medically necessary services, waiver services, the following waiver services are available:

  • Support Coordination (required case management)

  • Supported Employment (Individual and group)

  • Prevocational

  • Day Habilitation

  • Respite

  • Habilitation

  • Permanent Supportive Housing Stabilization Transition

  • Permanent Supportive Housing Stabilization

  • Personal Emergency Response System

  • Note: Individuals who receive the SW may also receive Long Term Personal Care Services (LT-PCS)


The Supports Waiver (SW) program provides services in the home and in the community to individuals 18 years of age or older, who are eligible to receive OCDD waiver services.  The SW is intended for individuals whose needs can be met by the services that are included in the waiver.  This program is not intended to provide 24-hour-a-day support.

To qualify for the Supports Waiver, a person must:

  • Meet Medicaid eligibility AND

  • Are 18 years of age or older AND

  • Have an OCDD Statement of approval AND

  • Meet the Louisiana definition of Developmental Disability per Revised Statute 25:451.2, Paragraph (12) AND

  • Meet Intermediate Care Facilities for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF-IID) Level of Care Criteria

Support Coordination utilizes the components of intake, assessment, service planning, linkage, monitoring / follow-up, reassessment and transition/closure. Eligibility is determined by requirements specific to each population.

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