A waiver is a program that provides services that allow individuals to remain in their own home or live in a community setting. Illinois has nine HCBS waivers. Each waiver is designed for individuals with similar needs and offers a different set of services. For more information about the waivers and their services, see current HCBS Waivers.
Cost effective means states cannot spend more on waiver services than it would cost to provide care in a hospital, nursing facility, or intermediate care facility for the developmentally disabled. Each waiver uses one or more of these institutions as a cost comparison for services.
All Illinois waivers are 1915 (c) waivers. The links have information about each waiver and the federally approved waivers. The Fact Sheets provide details on eligibility and services as well as contact and application information.