The Arc of Kentucky works to create a world where children and adults with developmental & intellectual disabilities have and enjoy equal rights and opportunities. We recognize the fundamental role of families in making choices and decisions for their children. We also hold that individuals, who are adults, have the right to make their own choices concerning where and with whom they will live, and how they will spend their time, regardless of ability.
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is home to most of the state's human services and health care programs, including Medicaid, the Department for Community Based Services and the Department for Public Health. CHFS is one of the largest agencies in state government, with nearly 8,000 full and part-time employees.
The Michelle P. Waiver is a home- and community-based waiver program of the Kentucky Medicaid program developed as an alternative to institutional care for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The waiver allows individuals to remain in their homes with services and supports.
The Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) is a group of citizens, appointed by the governor to serves as a leading catalyst for systems change for individuals and families living with developmental disabilities.
Protection and Advocacy (P&A) is an independent state agency that was designated by the Governor as the protection and advocacy agency for Kentucky. P&A's staff includes professional advocates and attorneys. We are advocates working together with people who have disabilities to promote and protect their legal rights. Through our information and referral services, we try to answer questions about your rights under disability laws.
Supported employment is designed to promote personalized employment opportunities for people with disabilities when they need support to:
The Human Development Institute is Kentucky’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service. We work on improving lifelong opportunities and services for individuals with disabilities, their families, and the community.
The Institute provides a strong foundation for more than 40 research, training, and service projects, addressing a wide range of topics and issues in areas such as early childhood, education, and alternate assessment, transition across the lifespan, employment, community living, and personnel preparation.
The Michelle P. Waiver (MPW) is a home and community-based waiver program within the Kentucky Medicaid program developed as an alternative to institutional care for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. MPW allows individuals to remain in their homes with services and supports.
How to apply:
Contact your local Community Mental Health Center to schedule a Michelle P. Waiver assessment. The Adanta Group Somerset Clinic office main office (606) 679-7348 ask for contact person for your county.
Reach for the Stars Case Management,LLC
The SCL waiver program was developed for Kentucky citizens as an alternative to institutionalization. The focus of SCL is to allow a person to remain in or return to the community. Persons with developmental or intellectual disabilities who meet the requirements for residence in an Intermediate Care Facility for persons with Intellectual Disabilities, and who meet other Medicaid requirements, are eligible for this program. Supports for Community Living offers the supports and services listed below. These are based on the individual's goals, choices and priorities as identified through an individual support plan.
How to apply:
The first step is to complete an application form for SCL services (MAP-620). You may obtain an application by calling a Reach for the Stars office in your area or by calling (502) 564-7702 for more information. You may also visit the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID) Web site.
There is currently a waiting list for Supports for Community Living Waiver services and supports and an application will allow your name to be included on the list. Additional individuals are served in chronological order as funding becomes available.
Best practice is to get on waiting list now and as you or your loved one ages they will move up the waiting list. There is also a SCL Emergency List that you or your loved one could apply for in the event of an emergency. Reach For The Stars Case Managers can assist with completing either the waiting list application or emergency list application. However this does not guarantee an SCL approval or opening with Reach for the Stars.