Michigan Medicaid Waivers, especially those that provide home and community based services to children and adults with developmental disabilities, are a great mystery to many people with DD and their families. There is also a great deal of misinformation about them that gets passed around.
Medicaid Waivers are agreements between the state and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
(CMS), the federal agency that regulates Medicaid, about how the state will provide services to different populations of Medicaid beneficiaries. These are renewed or changed periodically and it is important to be aware of when this is happening. The public must be given ample opportunity to comment on proposed changes.
This is a Michigan Department of Community Health website that links to the approved waivers. Each one includes a great deal of information (more than you will probably need) including eligibility for waiver services and the services that must be made available.
Of particular interest to adults and children with DD are the Habilitation Supports Waiver and the Children's Waiver Program.