New Choices Waiver
Important Proposed Program Changes
At the end of December 2014, the New Choices Waiver program reached the enrollment cap that was approved by the federal government. Because of this the program will not be accepting applications until July 1, 2015 when the program will once again have space available. The program will be increasing its capacity limit from 1700 to 2000 at that time.
Please be advised that beginning July 1, 2015, there will be some changes to the admission policy:
The New Choices Waiver program is in the process of updating its application materials. Old applications will not be valid when the program begins accepting new applications, so please contact the program office in mid-June to request an updated application. (800) 662-9651, option 6.
The Information Below Reflects Current Policy That Will Expire June 30, 2015
This waiver is designed to serve people who meet nursing facility levelof care and who have been residing long term in a nursing facility or assisted living facility. The program provides supportive services to enable individuals to live in their own homes or in other community based settings.
- Must be at least 18 years old;
- The primary condition must not be attributable to a mental illness;
- The individual does not meet ‘Intensive Skilled’ level of care criteria; and
- The individual does not meet level of care criteria for admission to an intermediate care facility for people with intellectual disability (ICF/ID)
In addition, eligible individuals must be:
- Receiving Medicaid reimbursed nursing facility care on an extended stay basis of 90 days or more; or
- Currently receiving Medicare reimbursed care in a licensed Utah medical institution (that is not an Institution for Mental Disease), on an extended stay of at least 30 days, and will discharge to a Medicaid certified nursing facility for an extended stay of at least 60 days; or
- Receiving Medicaid reimbursed services through another of Utah’s 1915(c) waivers and have been identified as in need of immediate or impending nursing facility care.
- Residing in a licensed assisted living facility on an extended stay bases of 180 days or more.
- Serves a limited number of individuals (1700)
- Individuals can use only those services they are assessed as needing.
- Adult Day Care
- Adult Residential Services
- Assistive Technology Devices
- Attendant Care
- Caregiver Training
- Case Management
- Chore Services
- Consumer Preparation Services
- Emergency Response Systems
- Environmental Accessibility Adaptations
- Financial Management Services
- Habilitation Services
- Home Delivered Meals
- Homemaker Services
- Community Transition Services
- Medication Assistance Services
- Non-medical Transportation
- Personal Budget Assistance
- Respite Care
- Specialized Medical Equipment
- Supportive Maintenance