Consolidated Waiver

The Pennsylvania Consolidated Waiver is designed to help individuals with an intellectual disability, autism or developmental disability to live more independently in their homes and communities and to provide a variety of services that promote community living, including self-directed service models and traditional, agency-based service models.

Eligibility criteria:

  • There is no age limit for individuals with an intellectual disability or autism. Individuals with a developmental disability with a high probability of resulting in an intellectual disability or autism are eligible from age 0 through 8.
  • Level of Care 
    • Medical Evaluation
    • Diagnosis of an intellectual disability, autism or developmental disability
  • Recommended for an intermediate care facility (ICF) level of care based on a medical evaluation
  • Determined eligible for Medical Assistance (MA)
  • Meet the financial requirements as determined by your local County Assistance Office


  • Advanced Supported Employment
  • Assistive Technology
  • Behavioral Support
  • Benefits Counseling
  • Communication Specialist
  • Community Participation Support
  • Companion
  • Consultative Nutritional Services
  • Education Support
  • Family/Caregiver Training and Support
  • Home Accessibility Adaptations
  • Homemaker/Chore
  • Housing Transition and Tenancy Sustaining Services
  • In-Home and Community Support
  • (Licensed and Unlicensed) Life Sharing
  • Music, Art and Equine Assisted Therapy
  • (Licensed and Unlicensed) Residential Habilitation
  • Respite
  • Shift Nursing
  • Small Group Employment
  • Specialized Supplies
  • Supported Employment
  • Supported Living
  • Supports Broker
  • Supports Coordination
  • Therapy
    • Physical
    • Speech/Language
    • Occupational
    • Orientation, Mobility and Vision 
  • Transportation
  • Vehicle Accessibility Adaptations


Amendments to the Consolidated, Person/Family Directed Support and Community Living Waivers Effective November 1, 2018 Approved by CMS

Consolidated Waiver Renewal, Effective July 1, 2017

Changes were made to the waiver renewal since it was posted in April based on corrections made as well as conversations with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Following is a link where you can access a document that contains the changes made to the renewal based on the Informal Request for Additional Information from CMS as well as additional corrections made to the renewal.

Consolidated Waiver Renewal, Changes Made Since April 2017


Note: For historical and comparison purposes, the below link is accessible to view the previous approved Consolidated Waiver Amendment effective July  13, 2016. This waiver will be available at the link below until October 1, 2017:

Consolidated Waiver Amendment, Effective July 13, 2016