What is the Illinois Waiver for Children who are Medically Fragile, Technology Dependent (sometimes referred to as the Home Care Program)?
This program helps families care for children (birth up to age 21) who are medically fragile and technology dependent. The program offers care coordination and services to support the family in providing care for their child at home. In-home nursing services are available based on the medical needs of the child or youth. The Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) operates this program on behalf of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS). The services are offered through a federal 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services waiver. A waiver is a program that provides services that allow individuals with unique needs to remain in their own home or live in a community setting rather than in an institution, such as a nursing facility or hospital.
Who does the Waiver/Home Care Program help?
Any Illinois child:
What are the eligibility requirements?
What services can be provided to help my child live at home?
When needed by your child and after approval by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS), the following services are available for children enrolled in the waiver:
When will I know if my child is eligible?
Once the family has completed and returned the DSCC application for the Waiver/Home Care Program, the DSCC care coordinator works with the family to gather the medical, home, and community information needed for HFS to determine eligibility. The waiver application, which contains a detailed description of the child's medical condition and needs, is submitted to HFS for approval. The application process can usually be completed within a few weeks, but may be delayed for a number of reasons.
What must I do after the home care plan is approved?
Once the application is approved, DSCC care coordinators will help the family implement the plan. DSCC will assist the family to arrange for home modification and equipment and supply delivery, as needed, facilitate other medical or waiver services, and notify the nursing agency chosen by the family. The care coordinator will meet with the family at regular intervals to ensure the plan is working, to discuss the family's satisfaction with services, and to review the family and child’s needs. The child's plan will be reviewed and updated on a regular basis for continued approval.
Print the following application forms and mail them to the DSCC office in your area. You can locate the office in your area from our website.
You can fill-in and print completed forms from our web site, print blank
forms and complete them manually, or contact a DSCC Regional Office to
receive them by regular mail. Instructions
are available to explain how to complete pdf forms on-line. The Adobe
Reader, available free from the Adobe
web site, is needed to view and print these PDF files.
Or you can call your nearest DSCC office and request application forms. You will be asked to provide financial and health care information about your child and family. These forms are needed to begin the waiver application process.
available to explain how to complete PDF forms on-line.
last modified: 15 February 2012