Medicaid

Medicaid Waiver

The Medicaid Waiver Program is designed to assist people with developmental disabilities who cannot live independently. Services are divided into two basic categories:

Case Management

When a consumer chooses Focus as their service provider, we assign a case manager. It is the case manager's job to make certain that the consumer's needs are met, that he/she has the services that they desire and require, and that their paperwork is up-to-date and correct, so that services will not be interrupted. If the consumer requires assistive technology, like wheelchairs or talking computers or certain household renovations that make his/her environment more accessible, the case manager will lead the effort to obtain those items.

Integrated Supports

Integrated supports refers to the battery of services provided to the individual consumer through the Medicaid Waiver Program. This usually means hiring an implementer, or one-on-one worker, who will provide direct care and assist the consumer to meet their annual goals and objectives. They may teach the consumer to budget his/her money, to shop, to do laundry, to cook, to do household maintenance tasks, or whatever the consumer requires. They often assist the consumer to participate in fun activities like basketball, bowling, community events, etc.
Focus will also assign an Integrated Supports Coordinator. It is the Coordinator's job to hire and supervise the implementer and to stay aware of and participate in all issues and decisions concerning the consumer.
At least once per year, the consumer's Waiver Team meets to discuss progress and needs for the future. This team may consist of the consumer, a legal guardian, family members, the case manager, the integrated supports coordinator, a representative from DDS, representatives from other agencies that serve the consumer and/or anyone that the consumer wishes to have present at the meeting. This meeting generates a plan for the next year that is sent in to the state for approval. If and when the plan is approved, it becomes the blueprint for services for the year to come.
The consumer is visited at least once monthly by both the case manager and the integrated supports coordinator to ensure that all needs are being met.

Medicaid Waiver Application

To apply for Medicaid Waiver services, contact your local DHS office. If you wish to choose Focus as your service provider, tell your DHS representative.
Note: Focus has a limited number of spaces in our "Focus Houses" which are alternative living units for people with developmental disabilities already on the Waiver Program. They are not group homes, but are more in the nature of apartments, in which adults live as roommates, with the necessary assistance from their implementers.

Main Office

504 Flint Street,
Jonesboro, AR 72401
Monday - Thursday
9 AM - 5 PM
Friday
8 AM - 4 PM
Phone +
870-935-2750

Locations Info

  • Serving Northeast Arkansas!
  • Waiver Services:
  • Program Services:
  • Serving Northeast Arkansas!

  • Waiver Services:

    • Craighead
    • Greene
    • Clay
    • Mississippi
    • St. Francis
    • Poinsett
    • Sharp
    • Fulton
    • Lawrence
    • Cross
    • Randolph
  • Program Services:

    • Craighead
    • Greene
    • Poinsett
    • Mississippi