Understanding Kentucky Medicaid Waiver Programs

Understanding Kentucky Medicaid Waiver Programs

Understanding Kentucky's Medicaid Waiver for individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability.

Kentucky offers several Medicaid waiver programs designed to provide crucial support and services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These programs aim to enhance independence, promote community integration, and improve the overall quality of life for participants.

Here’s an overview of the key Medicaid waiver programs available in Kentucky for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities:

  • Supports for Community Living (SCL): The SCL waiver offers services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), focusing on enhancing community integration and daily living skills. It provides support such as case management, residential assistance, and behavioral services.
  • Michelle P (MPW): The Michelle P waiver serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, offering services such as case management, personal care, respite care, and various therapies. It aims to support individuals in achieving their goals and living fulfilling lives.

Each Medicaid waiver program has specific eligibility criteria and services tailored to meet the diverse needs of participants. Individuals and families interested in accessing these programs should contact the Department for Medicaid Services for more information and guidance on eligibility and application processes.


Cedar Lake accepts the SCL waiver and the Michelle P waiver. At Cedar Lake, we understand the significance of Medicaid waivers in providing essential support and services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. That’s why we encourage families to start the application process early and get on these waiver lists as soon as possible. Early planning ensures that individuals can access the necessary support when they reach adulthood and transition into independent living.

Getting the right support for your child with developmental or intellectual disabilities starts with applying for Medicaid waivers as soon as possible. If your child is diagnosed with conditions like Down syndrome or autism, applying for waivers should happen as soon as you have a diagnosis.

For children, it’s crucial to apply as soon as possible. This is because waivers like MPW have a long waitlist, and the sooner you get on it, the better. For children diagnosed with autism, applying as early as age two is recommended. For the Supports for Community Living (SCL) waiver, the process is a bit different. You should apply as soon as an Intellectual Disability (ID) diagnosis is confirmed with FSIQ and adaptive behavior scores. The school districts conduct cognitive testing and intellectual functioning evaluations usually around age 7 or 8, so an application can be made at that time.


Once you have secured a Medicaid waiver, getting on Cedar Lake’s waiting list is the next crucial step in accessing our residential options and services. It’s important to note that individuals must be aged 18 and over to be considered for placement at Cedar Lake; however, we accept individuals on the waiting list beginning at age 16. To be considered for 24/7 residential services such as Staffed Residencies or Family Home Provider, the individual will need the SCL waiver.

Our residential options range from 24-hour care to semi-independent living arrangements, providing a supportive environment tailored to individual needs. By joining our waitlist, families can position themselves for future opportunities and ensure continuity of care for their loved ones.

Whether you’re planning for the future or exploring immediate options, Cedar Lake is here to support you every step of the way.

By taking proactive steps to secure a Medicaid waiver and joining Cedar Lake’s waiting list, families can ensure that their loved ones receive the care and support they deserve as they navigate the journey towards independence and fulfillment.