Oklahoma's first Home and Community-Based Waiver for people with intellectual disabilities was approved in 1988. This waiver, now known as the Community Waiver, includes a comprehensive array of services including residential, employment and habilitation services and supports. The Community Waiver provides services appropriate to the individual's needs. A plan of care is developed annually for each individual receiving services through the Community Waiver. Using a person-centered planning approach, the individual's team assesses the needs of the individual and develops a plan to address those needs.
The Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS) case manager is responsible for providing support and monitoring the implementation of the plan. At its core, the team consists of the individual, his or her legal guardian or advocate and the DDS case manager. Depending upon the service needs of the individual, the team may include residential and employment staff and professional staff such as a nurse, speech pathologist, psychologist, and physical therapist. Community Waiver services are provided by contract provider agencies throughout Oklahoma. DDS seeks to maintain an adequate number of qualified providers to meet the needs of the individuals served through all of the DDS waiver programs.
- To request a copy of the waiver, please call
1-888-287-2443 or send your request to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, 4345
N. Lincoln Blvd. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105. Attention: Health Policy
To be eligible for services funded through the Community Waiver, the applicant must:
(A) meet all criteria listed in (c) of this Section;
(B) be determined by the SSA to have a disability and a diagnosis of intellectual disability; or
(C) have an intellectual disability as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or a related condition by DDS and be covered under the State's alternative disposition plan adopted under Section 1919(e)(7)(E) of the Social Security Act; or
(D) be determined to have a disability and a diagnosis of intellectual disability as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or the OHCA LOCEU; and
(E) be 3 years of age or older; and
(F) be determined by the OHCA LOCEU, to meet ICF/IID Institutional Level of Care requirements per OAC 317:30-5-122; and
(G) have critical support needs that can be met by the Community Waiver and cannot be met by IHSW services or other service alternatives, as determined by the DDS director or designee.
How to Apply and Who to Contact:
Click here to Apply for Services
For questions about applying, contact the Intake worker for the area in which you reside.
Area I is Oklahoma City to include areas north of Interstate 40 and west of Interstate 35, with an office in Oklahoma City.
Area II is the Tulsa Area to include areas to the north of Interstate 40 and east of Interstate 34, with an office in Tulsa
Area III is Pauls Valley to include areas to the south of Interstate 40, with an office in Pauls Valley
Area I – (405) 522-5818
Area II – (918) 921-3602
Area III – (405) 238-4700
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