Services /  Waiver Program


The waiver program, authorized in §1915(c) of the Social Security Act, permits the State to furnish an array of home and community-based services to assist Medicaid beneficiaries to live in the community and to avoid institutional care.

The State has broad discretion in designing its waiver program to address the needs of the waiver's target population. Waiver services complement and/or supplement services available to participants through the Medicaid State plan and other federal, state and local public programs as well as natural supports that families and communities provide. Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) with oversight by the Department of Social Services (DSS), Connecticut's Single State Agency for Medicaid will administer the Mental Health Waiver (MH Waiver) program and the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program.

The Mental Health Waiver (MHW) authorized in Section 1915(c) of the Social Security Act permits the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to set aside Medicaid regulations and to allow funding to provide a variety of home and community based services (excluding room and board) to individuals with serious mental illness who would otherwise require nursing home care. This Mental Health Waiver enables Medicaid to cover the cost of services designed to assist Participants in acquiring, retaining and improving the self-help, socialization, and adaptive skills necessary to reside successfully in home and community based settings. MFP/MH Waiver Services are available to adults with serious mental illness that are being discharged or diverted from nursing home care and are receiving Connecticut Medicaid benefits.
– Per Mental Health Waiver Manual.

More Information

Download DMHAS Mental Health Waiver Request Form


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