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    Waiver Overview
    :
    Georgia has 5 medicaid waivers for children but we are only going to cover the two that are the best fits for children with autism. You can expect to wait several years before you get access to waiver services after applying. The difference between the two waivers below is that NOW serves children with less intensive needs than COMP. Children on the COMP waiver receive more residential supports. We cover both of them together because they have the same application requirements, process, and services.

    New Options Waiver (NOW Program and the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP Waiver)

    Who can apply?

    Circumstance/Diagnosis: Any child or adult who is diagnosed with either an intellectual and/or developmental disability (this includes autism). The state requires that individuals need an intermediate care facility level of care to qualify. This just means that the individual is unable to get through their day without a lot of supervision.

    Income: Income eligibility is only based on the child’s income and not the parents income. This means that your child is financially eligible for the waiver if they don’t have an income.

    What do I get?

    Adult Occupational Therapy Services • Adult Physical Therapy Services • Adult Speech and Language Therapy Services • Behavioral Supports Consultation Services • Behavioral Supports Services • Community Access Services • Community Guide Services • Community Living Support Services • Community Residential Alternative Services (COMP only) • Environmental Accessibility Adaptation Services • Financial Support Services • Individual Directed Goods and Services • Natural Support Training Services • Nursing Services • Pre-vocational Services • Respite Services • Specialized Medical Equipment Services • Specialized Medical Supplies Services • Support Coordination Services • Supported Employment Services • Transportation Services • Vehicle Adaptation Services

    How do I apply?

    Please view this webpage from the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.

    You will find the necessary application forms and an explanation of the process there.

    What does the Goally Team Think?

    Georgia has two great waiver programs for children with autism…. If you can manage to get on them. Georgia currently supports around 12,000 children but has around a 7,000 person waitlist. It’s pretty obvious that the state just hasn’t put enough money into the programs. Georgia’s waiver process is much more straightforward than other places, however.

    Goally Waiver Scorecard

    Website clarity and ease of navigation: 3/5
    Access and requirements of qualification: 1/5
    Healthcare coverage: 4/5

    Other online resources for Georgia:

    Georgia Autism Initiative is a state program that does early screenings for autism and can help families get access to behavioral intervention services.
    Marcus Autism Center provides educational resources, advice, and workshops for parents
    A great list of autism resources in Georgia.
    Parent to Parent of Georgia should be able to help you with information sharing and support from other parents of children with disabilities

    Telephone Resources

    Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities -- (404) 657-2252
    Last edited by Nate; 07-07-2020, 10:39 PM.
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