Community First Choice, Community Options, Community Personal Assistance and Increased Community Services
Description: The programs provide assistance with activities of daily living to Medicaid recipients who have a chronic illness, medical condition or disability. Services are provided in the eligible individual’s home or community residence (waiver participants may receive services in an assisted living facility). Other services in each program vary.
Services provided in the program include assistance, or items that substitute for assistance, with the following activities of daily living:
- Mobility, including transferring from place to place
Individuals who need help with activities of daily living may also receive help with:
- Household services related to medical needs;
- Escort services to a medical appointment; and
- Personal hygiene and grooming.
A Registered Nurse will schedule a visit to perform an assessment and develop a plan of care. The assessment will determine if you are eligible for services. Once you are determined eligible, each participant or his or her representative will choose an approved Supports Planning Agency to guide them through developing a plan for services.
Maryland Access Point: 1-844 MAP-LINK (844-627-5465)
Maryland Department of Health Community First Choice/Community Options Waiver/ Money Follows the Person (MFP) Nursing Facility Transition Program: 877-463-3464 or 410-767-1739
Washington County Health Department: 240-313-3229
Washington County Commission on Aging: 301-790-0275
Eligibility requirements: Qualified applicants must meet both the Medicaid Program’s financial and medical requirements. An assessment completed by your Local Health Department determines medical eligibility. Financial eligibility is determined by either the local Department of Social Services or by the Department of Health.
How to enroll: Any of the agencies listed in the contacts above may assist with enrollment.
How long does it take: The time frame can vary. Enrollment and service provision may take up to six months or longer. There is a waiting list for the Community Options Waiver.
Cost: Services are billed to Medicaid.
Information specific to each program: