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Michelle P. Waiver Program

The Michelle P. Waiver is a home- and community-based waiver program of the Kentucky Medicaid program developed as an alternative to institutional care for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The waiver allows individuals to remain in their homes with services and supports.

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What's New

MPW Providers:As clarification, the required Child Abuse and Neglect background checks for the Michelle P waiver program are required at the time of recertification for current members.

MPW Providers: Incidents - The amended regulation for Michelle P Waiver went into effect on June 3, 2016. The regulation has changes to the incident reporting process. There are now two classes of incidents (an incident and a critical incident). At this time, please continue reporting critical and non-critical incidents through the current method outside of MWMA until further notice.

MWMA Provider Support for new and existing users - As a reminder, several of our waivers are utilizing the MWMA system. The Michelle P. Waiver will begin effective June 3, 2016.

For your assistance, additional information regarding MWMA can be found at the following website. You will find onboarding tip sheets, frequently asked questions, job aids, and additional resources. Web based training is also available. If you do not currently have access to the web based training, you may request it by sending an email to the MWMA mailbox.

DMS will be offering additional training at the end of June and early July. Further communication about this training will be sent at a later date.

If you have any issues with MWMA, the Contact Center representatives are available Monday- Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time and can be reached at 1-800-635-2570. (After the DMS welcome message plays, press "1", "6" and "2" to be transferred directly to the MWMA Contact Center.) If the Contact Center can't immediately fix an issue, a ticket is created and escalated to the MWMA production support team.  

SCL Frequently Asked Questions (Apr. 14, 2016)

Waiver Provider Letter #WP-A1 - New Federal Rule for HCB Settings (May 16, 2014)

(Sept. 03, 2014) - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has adopted new final federal regulations which address home- and community-based setting requirements for Medicaid waivers. The final rule provides for a five-year transition process to allow Kentucky to implement this rule to support continuity of services for Medicaid participants and minimize disruptions in service systems during implementation.

This Proposed Transition Plan offers the steps DMS will take to effectively plan for and execute the transition with public engagement.

(March 10, 2014) - Clarification - CMHCs must submit the MAP-621 application to Carewise Health to be placed on the MPW waiting list

(Feb. 27, 2014) CMHC Provider Letter #A-96 - Michelle P Waiver Status and MAP-621 - Application for MPW Waiver Waiting List

(April 24, 2013), Attention Members and Providers, please read the following letters regarding changes in Therapy Services.

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Who is eligible?

People with a developmental or intellectual disability who require a protected environment while learning living skills, educational experiences, awareness of their environment and meet Medicaid financial eligibility requirements are eligible.

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How do I apply?

Individuals or families may apply for Medicaid and/or Medicaid Waivers online using the Benefind Self Service Portal.

For assistance please contact the call center at: 1-855-459-6328 or TTY 1 -855-326-4654.

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What services are covered?
  • Case Management
  • Adult Day Training
  • Supported Employment
  • Community Living Supports
  • Behavior Supports
  • Occupational Therapy (members over 21)
  • Physical Therapy (members over 21)
  • Speech Therapy (members over 21)
  • Respite
  • Homemaker Service
  • Personal Care
  • Attendant Care
  • Environmental/Minor Home Adaptation
  • Adult Day Health Care

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What is Consumer Directed Option Services

The Consumer Directed Option (CDO) is an alternative approach for delivery of non-medical MPW services. CDO Services include:

  • Support Broker
  • Financial Management
  • Community Day Supports which encompasses:
    • Adult Day Training
    • Supported Employment
  • Home and Community Supports which encompasses:
    • Personal Care
    • Homemaker
    • Attendant Care
    • Unskilled Respite
    • Community Living Supports
    • Goods and Minor Home Adaptations

For more information about Consumer Directed Option Services for MPW, visit the DMS CDO Web page.

Review the CDO Background Check Responsibilities FINAL

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Provider Resources

All certified/licensed providers in good standing in the Home Community Based (HCB) and Supports for Community Living (SCL) waivers may provide Michelle P. Waiver services. A listing of SCL providers can be found on the SCL Web site.

For information about HCB providers, contact your local adult day healthcare provider or home health agency.


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Regulations, Provider Letters, Billing Information, Forms and Publication

For Questions?

Regarding policy, contact:
Division of Community Alternatives
275 E. Main St.
6 W-B
Frankfort, KY. 40621
(502) 564-1647
Email: CHFS DMS Webmaster


Last Updated 8/10/2017