The Assisted Living Waiver (ALW) Program
- Making affordable housing with personal and health-related services available to seniors and individuals with disabilities
- Maximizing dignity, privacy, independence and autonomy
- Providing an alternative to long-term care placement in a nursing home
The ALWP is designed to assist Medi-Cal beneficiaries to remain in their community as an alternative to residing in a licensed health care facility. The program provides specified benefits to eligible seniors and persons with disabilities. Medi-Cal reimburses for the services provided to residents enrolled in the ALW, however, the resident is responsible to pay for their own room and board. For 2015, for those with SSI income of $1,145.00, room and board is $1,014.00 and those with income of $1,165.00 or greater, room and board is $1,034.00.
The ALW is an alternative to long-term placement in a nursing facility and is presently available in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Sonoma. The ALW is currently enrolling beneficiaries residing in skilled nursing facilities and in the community, into licensed Residential Care Facilities (RCF) and Public Subsidized Housing (PSH).
Assisted Living Services
These services are called the Assisted Living Services when they’re provided in an Residential Care Facility or an Adult Residential Care Facility. The services are called Assisted Care when they are provided by a licensed Home Health Agency and delivered to residents of publicly-funded housing.
These services include identifying, organizing, coordinating, and monitoring services needed by a participant. Care Coordinators conduct assessments to assist in determining eligibility, develop individualized Service Plans (ISPs), arrange for services, maintain contact with participants, and monitor service delivery on a monthly basis.