The Agency for Persons with Disabilities Home and Community Based Waiver provides necessary support and services to people who have a developmental disability so that they may remain in the community and avoid placement in an institution. The HCBS Waiver program is funded by federal and matching state dollars.
How does the service/topic help the person with a disability or family support system?
- Life Skills Development
- Supplies and Equipment
- Personal Support
- Residential Services
- Support Coordination
- Therapeutic Support and Wellness
What is the referral process?
Anyone can apply online or at an office for an application from APD to be on the Waiting List for the Medwaiver services. A person can also be referred to APD by a family member, school or medical personnel and community agencies. For Palm Beach County, call the West Palm Beach APD at (561) 837-5564
Recommended websites, YouTube videos, books on MedWaiver?
When looking for this service are there any questions or observations you would recommend parents to investigate before selecting a provider?
Parents should talk to other parents who are receiving services from APD for recommendations of support coordinators and other service providers.
The Melvin J. & Claire Levine LifePlanning® Program at Alpert Jewish Family Service offers free education, advocacy, consultation and emotional support to individuals with differing abilities, their parents, siblings and caregivers. Our educational workshop series is open to the public and covers topics such as families planning ahead legally and financially, understanding and attaining government benefits, how to advocate, the importance of socialization, recreation and best quality of life, learning about home and community based services, Medicaid waiver, respite, vocational opportunities and more. LifePlanning® encourages and assists in planning for the future.
Written by: Milory Senat, Operations Analyst/Community Affairs