Interagency Partnerships/Initiatives:Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Waiver for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Autism Waiver)

House Bill 99 was adopted during the 1998 session of the General Assembly. It required the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) to apply to the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) for two Home and Community-Based Services Waivers under Section 1915(c) of the Social Security Act - one would target autistic children and the other would target seriously emotionally disturbed individuals residing in residential treatment centers. In August 1998, DHMH applied for a 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Service Waiver that, if approved, would allow autistic children who would qualify for a residential level of care, Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded (ICF-MR), to receive the necessary waiver services to support them in a community setting.

On September 1, 2000 DHMH received confirmation from the HCFA that Maryland’s Home and Community-Based Service Waiver for Children with Autism was approved effective July 1, 2001.

There are approximately 900 children with Autism and their families receiving services through Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Waiver for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Autism Waiver).

The Autism Waiver has more than 2,000 children registered to be considered for the Autism Waiver as slots become available.

For additional information, please see:

Waiver Programs
Waiver Fact Sheet (PDF)
Waiver Brochure (PDF)

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