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Proposed Renewal of the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW)

Effective July 1, 2021

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approves waivers for a five-year period. The current AAW expires on June 30, 2021. As such, ODP must submit an application to renew the AAW to CMS. The waiver renewal is anticipated to be effective on July 1, 2021. As part of this process, ODP is seeking your valuable feedback and comments on Appendices A through H of the proposed renewal.

The proposed changes to Appendices A through H of the renewal are available for a 30-day public comment period from February 27, 2021 through March 29, 2021.

ODP will be publishing a separate notice announcing the availability of Appendices I and J for public comment upon completion of the rate setting process. 

View the proposed renewal of the Adult Autism Waiver:

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Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix C

Appendix D

Appendix E

Appendix F

Appendix G

Appendix H

Public Comment

Interested persons are invited to submit written comments regarding the proposed waiver renewal. Comments should be addressed to Laura Cipriani, Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Programs, 625 Forster Street, Room 510, Harrisburg, PA  17120. Comments may also be submitted to the Department at using subject header "AAW Renewal".

Comments received by 11:59pm on March 29, 2021 will be reviewed and considered for revisions to the proposed renewal of the AAW. 

ODP will also hold a webinar to receive comments on the proposed changes to Appendices A through H of the waiver renewal.  Date, time and link for registration to attend this webinar is as follows:

March 16, 2021
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The following link must be used to register for the above webinar:

Participants are able to participate in the webinar by phone but will need a computer to provide comments during the webinar.  To assist ODP in accurately capturing comments provided during the webinars, individuals are asked to submit a written copy of their comments by email or mail to the address provided above.

Persons who require an auxiliary aid or service may submit comments using the Pennsylvania Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or by using one of the toll-free numbers: 

  • (800) 654-5984 (TDD users)  
  • (800) 654-5988 (voice users)  
  • (844) 308-9292 (Speech-to-Speech) or  
  • (844) 308-9291 (Spanish) 

Copies of Appendices A through H of the AAW may be obtained by contacting the Office of Developmental Programs, Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, at the following address or email:  

P.O. Box 2675, Harrisburg, PA 17105,