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What It Is

​The Michelle P. Waiver (MPW) provides Medicaid-paid services to adults and children with intellectual or developmental disabilities. These supports allow individuals to live at home rather than in an institutional setting.  


MPW offers a variety of services to support an individual's goals, choices, and priorities including but not limited to:

  • Behavioral Supports: Help to identify and reduce behaviors that interfere with activities of daily living, social interaction, or work

  • Day Training: Services designed to help an individual participate in meaningful, daily routines within the community
  • Environmental and Minor Home Adaptation: 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
  • Personal Care: Help with tasks a person cannot do on his or her own due to an intellectual or developmental disability including bathing, dressing, grooming, light housework, laundry, and meal planning and preparation
  • Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapy: These services are only offered to individuals older than 21.
  • Respite: Provides a short term break for a person's primary, unpaid caregiver


To be eligible for the MPW waiver, you must:

  • Have an intellectual or developmental disability.
  • Require a protected environment while learning living skills, gaining educational experiences, and developing an awareness of your environment.
  • Meet the financial qualifications for Medicaid.


If you are interested in applying for MPW services or want to apply on someone's behalf, you can complete an application:

Currently, there is a waiting list for MPW services and supports. Placement on the waiting list is determined by the date your completed application is received. 

If you need more information about the MPW program, please email DMS or call (844) 784-5614

Participant-Directed Services

Participants in the MPW waiver program 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.

PDS services include Community Access, Day Training, Goods and Services, Personal Care, Respite, and Supported Employment. 

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 MPW, visit the DMS PDS page.