The Acquired Brain Injury Branch operates two waivers that provide Medicaid-paid services to adults with an acquired brain injury. These services give participants the support they need to live in the community.
Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) waiver: The ABI waiver is for adults with an acquired brain injury who can benefit from intensive rehabilitation services. The services are designed to assist participants in re-entering the community and functioning independently.
Acquired Brain Injury Long Term Care (ABI LTC) waiver: The ABI LTC waiver is for 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.
Below is a sample of the services ABI and ABI LTC offer.
ABI and ABI LTC Services
- 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
ABI Only Services
- 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 Services
- Community Living Supports: Help to perform activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, or eating, shopping, or money management
- 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:
- Have an acquired brain injury
- The following conditions are not considered acquired brain injuries requiring specialized rehabilitation:
- A stroke treatable in a nursing facility providing routine rehabilitation services
- A spinal cord injury with no known or obvious injury to the intercranial central nervous system
- Progressive dementia or other mentally impairing condition of a chronic degenerative nature, such as senile dementia, organic brain disorder, Alzheimer's Disease, alcoholism, or other addiction
- Depression or psychiatric disorders with no known or obvious central nervous system damage
- Birth defects
- Intellectual disability not associated with an acquired brain injury
- A condition which causes an individual to pose a level of danger or aggression which cannot be managed and treated in a community setting
- Be age 18 or older
- Meet the requirements for residence in a nursing facility. These are defined in Kentucky Administrative Regulation 907 KAR 1:022.
- Be expected to benefit from waiver services
- Meet the financial qualifications for Medicaid
- There are special financial qualifications applied to the ABI and ABI LTC waiver programs. You can find more information on how we determine if you meet the financial qualifications here.
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.