Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District provides two home and community based service programs. The Elderly and Disabled Medicaid Waiver is designed to offer assistance and services in a home or community-based setting if you qualify for Medicaid and Bridge to Independence (B2I) helps people move from qualified institutions to homes in the community.
Elderly and Disabled Medicaid Waiver The Elderly and Disabled Waiver is a statewide program administered and operated by the Mississippi Division of Medicaid (DOM). It is designed to offer assistance and services in a home or community-based setting if you qualify for Medicaid. The program allows you to remain in a home or community-based setting as an alternative to nursing facility care or other institutional care.
- You must be age 21 or older.
- You may qualify by either Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or 300 percent of SSI. If income exceeds the 300 percent limit, you must pay the amount that is over the limit each month to the Division of Medicaid under an income trust, provided you are otherwise eligible.
- You must be determined clinically eligible through the use of a comprehensive Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) assessment tool.
- You must require nursing facility level of care if assistance is not provided.
- Your nursing facility level of care must be certified by a physician and re-certified every 12 months at a minimum.
Case Management includes a local case management team that consists of a registered nurse and licensed social worker. They are responsible for assessing your health, welfare, and social needs; developing a plan of services and supports; and managing and coordinating services on the plan of services and supports.
Personal Care Services are non-medical support services to assist you in meeting daily living needs and ensure optimal functioning at home and/ or in the community. Services include assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, and activities of daily living. Meal preparation and housekeeping chores may be provided if the care is essential to your health and welfare rather than your family. These services may also involve accompanying and assisting you in accessing community resources and participating in community activities; supervision and monitoring in your home, during transportation, and in the community setting.
Home Delivered Meals are well-balanced meals delivered to your home if you are unable to leave without assistance, unable to prepare your own meals, and/or have no responsible caregiver in the home.
Adult Day Services are for aged and disabled persons, and consist of the provision of services for part of a day at a day care program site. Adult day care is the arrangement of a structured, comprehensive program which provides a variety of health, social and related supportive services in a protective setting during the daytime and early evening.
In-Home / Institutional Respite Services are provided if you cannot be left alone or unattended. It provides nonmedical care and supervision/assistance if you are unable to care for yourself in the absence of your primary full-time, live-in caregiver(s) on a short-term basis. Services are rendered to provide assistance to the caregiver(s) during a crisis situation and/ or scheduled relief to the primary caregiver(s) to prevent, delay or avoid premature institutionalization of the participant. Institutional respite services are provided in a hospital, nursing facility, or licensed swing bed facility by the facility staff.
Extended Home Health Services are when home health benefits under the State Plan have been exhausted. People in the Elderly and Disabled Waiver program are eligible for extended home health services. These services include: skilled nursing, nurse aide, physical therapy and speech therapy.
Transition Assistance Services are provided if you currently reside in a nursing facility and wish to transition from the nursing facility to the Elderly and Disabled Waiver. This is a one-time assistance of initial expenses required for setting up a household.
The Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District’s Case Management Services are provided to all counties in our district, including: Covington, Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Stone, and Wayne County.
Shirley Leggett, Department Head at firstname.lastname@example.org or (228) 868-2311
For Information and Referral, please contact Lydia Davis, Department Head at email@example.com 1-844-822-4622
Bridge to Independence (B2I) helps people move from qualified institutions to homes in the community. It is a federal Money Follows the Person demonstration grant funded in partnership by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Mississippi Division of Medicaid.
Bridge to Independence is offered through the Mississippi Division of Medicaid and is for older adults (65+) and persons with physical, mental, developmental, or intellectual disabilities who have lived in a qualified institution for at least 90 days who wish to explore community living options.
A Community Navigator will visit qualified residents of nursing homes or intermediate care facilities (ICF/IID) who wish to explore community living options. Community Navigators will work with residents and/or caregivers, facilities, community providers, and others to develop a transition plan through the person-centered planning process.
B2I transition services are available 365 days following discharge from a qualified facility. After that qualified individuals continue to receive regular Medicaid services.
B2I services include:
- Transition Care Management
- Housing Start-Up Costs
- Extended Pharmacy Benefits
- Durable Medical Equipment
- Caregiver and Peer Support
- Life Skills Training
- Safety Planning
The program is for qualified residents of nursing homes and intermediate care facilities for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ICF/IID) who want to explore community living options.