The Acquired Brain Injury Branch operates two waivers designed to provide Medicaid-paid services to adults with an acquired brain injury.
The Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) waiver is for adults with an acquired brain injury who can benefit from intensive rehabilitation services. The ABI waiver focuses on assisting participants to reenter the community and function independently.
The Acquired Brain Injury Long Term Care (ABI LTC) waiver serves adults with an acquired brain injury who have reached a plateau in their rehabilitation level. They require maintenance services to live safely in the community and to avoid institutionalization.
ABI and ABI LTC offer a variety of services to support an individual's goals, choices, and priorities including but not limited to:
ABI and ABI LTC
- Individual and Group Counseling: Designed to help an individual or an individual's family as they adjust to the changes caused by an acquired brain injury
- Environmental and Home Modifications: Changes to a person's home that ensure their health, safety, and welfare, increase independence, and allow them to continue to live in the community
- Respite Care: Provides a short term break for a person's primary, unpaid caregiver
- Supervised Residential Care: Offered in a variety of settings and supervision levels to allow individuals to live as independently as possible
- Companion Services: Includes assistance with meal preparation, laundry, shopping, and light housekeeping
- Personal Care: Help to perform activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, or eating
ABI LTC Only
- Adult Day Health Care: A place for persons 21 and older to receive skilled nursing care, routine personal and healthcare needs, meals, and to be part of daily activities
- Nursing Supports: Help from a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN) to monitor specific medical conditions and/or monitor medication plans
To be eligible for the ABI or ABI LTC waivers, you must:
If you are interested in applying for ABI or ABI LTC services or want to apply on someone's behalf, you can complete an application:
For assistance, please contact the call center at: 1-855-459-6328 or TTY 1 -855-326-4654.
Participants in the ABI and ABI LTC waiver programs have three options for how they receive their services.
1. Traditional Services: A waiver participant can receive all services through traditional service provider agencies.
2. Participant-Directed Services (PDS): Participants who enroll in the PDS option can hire their own employees to provide their non-medical, non-residential services. PDS used to be known as the Consumer Directed Option (CDO).
3. Blended Services: Participants can receive some services through traditional service provider agencies while using the PDS option for their non-medical, non-residential services.
ABI and ABI LTC PDS services include:
Choosing the PDS option gives waiver participants greater freedom of choice, flexibility, and more control over their supports or services.
For more information about PDS for ABI or ABI LTC, visit the DMS PDS page.