(New Options Waiver) NOW/COMP (Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program) - The Now/Comp Waiver provides services and supplies to individuals with IQ's in the 70s or below who also exhibit low adaptive skills. Now/Comp may provide funding for in-home care, nursing services, respite, community activities, medical supplies, and equipment day programs, residential alternatives, supported employment, behavioral support and more. There is a long waiting list for these waivers and families may apply on behalf of their child as young as 3.
Deeming Waiver (Formerly known as the Katie Beckett Waiver) - permits the state to ignore family income for certain disabled children. It provides benefits to certain children 18 years of age or less who qualify as disabled individuals.
HIPP (Health Insurance Premium Payment) - If your child has Medicaid, then you can apply to the state for reimbursement of the cost of your health insurance. Read all the details.
Debbie Dobbs – Health Care Consultant and Educational Child Advocate
Source/CCSP Waiver Program - Community Care Service Program (CCSP) and Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment (Source) are two Medicaid Waiver Programs that may provide in-home care, respite care, day programs and personal care homes to individuals who are Medicaid eligible and functionally impaired. 404-463-3248
DBHDD - Department Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
Georgia Pediatric Program - This is a Medicaid Waiver for children up to age 21 who are Medicaid eligible and are medically fragile. Services include Medically Fragile Day Care or in-home nursing services. Families apply for the service by contacting a home healthcare agency.
Kiddos Clubhouse Foundation - Kiddos provides scholarship funding to families with children with disabilities under age 21 who complete an application and demonstrate a need for treatment, therapy, equipment or other supplies/services not covered by insurance. Kiddos scholarships will be awarded as decided by board determination based on the level of need and availability. 678-527-3224
United Cerebral Palsy After-School Program at Hi-Hope - This program is located in Lawrenceville, GA and provides care and supervision to intellectually disabled students after school until 6 pm on teacher workdays, and during the summer months. Contact Trudy Cyers 770-822-3444
Parent 2 Parent of Georgia - P2P offers an extensive special needs services directory, disability information, and educational webinars online. P2P offers support groups (some Spanish speaking) and one on one parent to parent support. 770-451-5484
Spectrum - Spectrum offers support groups for parents of children with autism, grandparents, dads, siblings, and parents of adults with autism. Social skills groups for children and adults are offered on the first Thursday of each month at the First Baptist Church of Duluth 6:30 pm - 8 pm. Summer day camps are offered for ages 4-26. Overnight camps and overnight weekends are offered for ages 11-26. Spectrum also hosts drama club, are groups, puppetry and family events. Contact Claire Dees at Claire@atl-spectrum.
All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) - Services include family support funding, family outreach, employment support, and community engagement for people with developmental disabilities and their families. Contact Rosalyn@aadd.org
Childkind - Provides family advocacy and training, family support services, intensive supportive care coordination and foster care for families with children with developmental disabilities and or complex healthcare needs. 404-248-1980
Family Support Services - The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) offers Family Support Funds and Services to qualifying individuals with a developmental disability who are not currently receiving a Now/Comp waiver. Individuals must be 3 or older and must live at home with their family. Limited funds may be used to cover an array of individualized needs, including but not limited to respite, specialized equipment or supplies, dental care, camps, recreation, home modifications, therapeutic or behavioral support, etc. Three agencies are currently able to receive applications and service Gwinnett. A family may only receive Family Support through one of these agencies.
Read about the appeals for Now/Comp and Katie Beckett Waiver Programs here in Georgia!