What Programs Are Available To Assist Elderly Adults in Mississippi?

Which state department assist seniors in Mississippi? Mississippi has three waivers that may help aging adults. These waivers include: The Independent Living Waiver; Elderly and Disabled Waiver(E&D); and Assisted Living Waiver(AL).

What is the best number to call to get started? -The Independent Living Waiver 601-853-7712
-Elderly and Disabled Waiver(E&D) 601-359-6141
-Assisted Living Waiver(AL) 601-359-6141
-Division of Medicaid: 1-800-421-2408.

Is there a website? http://www.medicaid.ms.gov/

Who Qualifies For Assistance?

Who qualifies for the elderly waiver in Mississippi? Qualifications vary by waiver.

To qualify for The Independent Living Waiver you must be at least 16 years old. You must have a severe orthopedic or neurological deficit; meet nursing home level of care; be medically stable; and be able to communicate needs.

To qualify for The Elderly and Disabled Waiver the following criteria must be met: must be twenty-one (21) years of age or older; Participant must require nursing facility level of care as determined by a standardized comprehensive preadmission screening tool. Participant Nursing Facility level of care must be certified by a physician and recertified every twelve (12) months at a minimum; AND Participant must be in one of the following Categories of Eligibility (COE): SSI, or An aged, blind, or disabled individual.

To qualify for The Assisted Living Waiver(AL)the following criteria must be met: must be twenty-one (21) years of age or older; Participant must require nursing facility level of care as determined by a standardized comprehensive preadmission screening tool. Participant Nursing Facility level of care must be certified by a physician and recertified every twelve (12) months at a minimum; Participant must be in one of the following Categories of Eligibility (COE): SSI, or An aged, blind, or disabled individual.

Are there income limits to receive waiver services in Mississippi? Income and asset qualifications vary by waiver.

To qualify for The Independent Living Waiver Income/Assets - Persons qualified for Medicaid by either SSI or 300% of SSI, Children up to 185% Federal Poverty level, Foster Children (FC), Adoption Assistance Foster Children (AAFC), Disabled Child Living at Home (DCLH), Working Disabled, Disabled Adult Children.

To qualify for The Elderly and Disabled Waiver Income/Assets - Income is under 300% of the SSI limit for an individual. If income exceeds the 300% limit, the individual must pay the amount that is over the limit each month to the Division of Medicaid under an Income Trust, provided the individual is otherwise eligible.

To qualify for The Assisted Living Waiver(AL)Income/Assets - Income is under 300% of the SSI limit for an individual. If income exceeds the 300% limit, the individual must pay the amount that is over the limit each month to the Division of Medicaid under an Income Trust, provided the individual is otherwise eligible.

Is There a Waiting List For Services?

Is there a waiting list for elderly persons requesting waiver services in Mississippi? YES. Mississippi reports a waiting list for all three waivers that may help aging adults. These waivers include: The Independent Living Waiver; Elderly and Disabled Waiver(E&D); and Assisted Living Waiver(AL).

What Services Are Offered & What Are The Service Limitations?

What services does the Medicaid waiver program offer in Mississippi for elderly adults?
The The Elderly and Disabled / E&D Waiver offers: case management; home delivered meals; personal care services; transitions assistance; in-home respite; institutional respite; adult day care; and expanded home health services (home health aide, skilled nursing services, physical therapy, and speech therapy).
The Independent Living IL waiver offers: Case management; personal care attendant (PCA); specialized medical supplies; specialized medical equipment; environmental accessibility adaptations; and transition assistance
The Assisted Living / (A/L) Waiver offers: case management; personal care services; homemaker services; attendant care, medication oversight and administration; therapeutic, social and recreational programs; intermittent skilled nursing services; transportation; and attendant call system.

How Do You Select A Provider?

Who will provide my services? Provider qualifications vary by wavier.

The The Elderly and Disabled / E&D Waiver-Services are provided by qualified agencies. Family members can be paid to provide personal care services if they are employed by an agency that offers the services, meet the qualification and training requirements, and they are not legally responsible for the beneficiary.

The Independent Living IL waiver- The participant chooses the individual who will provide PCA services. Personal care services may be furnished by members of the participant's family provided that they are not legally responsible for the waiver participant. Therefore, payment will not be made for services furnished by the parent (step-parent) of a minor child or the participant's spouse. Family members who provide personal care services must meet the same standards as providers who are unrelated to the participant. There must be adequate justification for the relative to function as the Personal Care Attendant, e.g., lack of qualified attendants in remote areas.

The Assisted Living / (A/L) Waiver Services are provided by a qualified, licensed personal care home/assisted living residential facility chosen by the beneficiary.

Additional Information
  • The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services offers other programs. They can be contacted at 800-443-1000.
  • Five slots are set aside for traumatic brain injury/assisted living facility. Specific medical eligibility requirements for these slots. Beneficiary must have a diagnosis of an acquired traumatic brain injury; must have completed acute rehabilitation treatment; must be in a crisis/high stress environment with behavioral needs which place the beneficiary at high risk for institutionalization; documentation as to why the services could not be provided inside the borders of Mississippi.
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