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.