In its latest update to stakeholders, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) reported that there are now more than 10,000 individuals with I/DD who are on waiting lists for the ID and DD Waiver programs. It is estimated that more than 50% of these individuals are in urgent need. The most recent state budget approved by the General Assembly made 325 ID Waiver slots and 40 DD Waiver slots available on July 1, 2015.
Once slots are included in the final budget, The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) and DBHDS are responsible for sending a request to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) so that the federal government pays for 50% of the costs (since I/DD Waivers are a Medicaid program). Once CMS approves the slots, they can become active.
July 23, 2015 Update:
The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services notified The Arc of Virginia that the Department has received approval from CMS to release the remaining ID waiver slots for FY 2016 to the CSBs for slot assignment.
Now CSBs are cleared to assign 325 ID Waiver slots within the next 90 days. A distribution chart is available by clicking here: July 1 2015 Slot Distribution
It is important to note that the new slots provided by the Governor and General Assembly will only serve 3.5% of the I/DD Waiver waiting list. Advocacy is critical to ensuring that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities receive the support they need and avoid unnecessary institutionalization.
If you have not already done so, please call Governor McAuliffe (804-786-2211) and your state legislators, urging them to provide further help the I/DD Waiver waiting list.
If you do not know who your legislator is, you can look it up here.