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What It Is

​The Michelle P. Waiver (MPW) is part of Kentucky's 1915(c) HCBS Medicaid waiver program. MPW provides assistance to individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities to help them live in the community as independently as possible.  


MPW offers a variety of services to support each participant's goals and preferences. Services include but are not limited to: 

  • Behavioral Supports 
  • Day Training
  • Environmental and Minor Home Adaptation
  • Personal Care
  • Respite
A full listing of services and their definitions can be found in section six of the MPW regulation


You may qualify for MPW services if you:

  • Have an intellectual or developmental disability.
  • Would be admitted to an intermediate care facility for individuals with an intellectual disability (ICF-IID) or a nursing facility if you did not have waiver services. 
  • Require a protected environment while learning living skills, gaining educational experiences, and developing an awareness of your environment.
  • Meet the financial qualifications for Medicaid. There are special financial qualifications applied to the MPW program. Read the Medicaid Waiver Services Fact Sheet for details. 


If you are interested in applying for MPW services or want to apply on someone's behalf, you can complete an application online using the benefind Self Service Portal or in person at a Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) or an Area Development District (ADD)

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 the option to hire their own employees to provide non-medical, non-residential services. This is called Participant Directed Services, or PDS. These employees can include friends, neighbors and certain family members. Visit the DMS PDS page for more information.