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The Medicaid Waiver program serves individuals who have a primary problem of intellectual
disabilities and/or developmental delays. Individuals with more than one diagnosis
are also served if approved by the West Virginia Office of Behavioral Health Services.
Services include: service coordination, respite care, agency residential habilitation
services, community residential habilitation services, adult companion services,
QMRP services, nursing services, day habilitation services, pre-vocational services,
supported employment services and transportation services.
The program provides training in new skill areas in order to improve the quality
of life and enhance independence.
The goal of day habilitation or day treatment is to model, coach, and train consumers
to learn or regain skills they have lost due the effects of severe and persistent
mental illness or development disability. This is done in a supportive and safe
environment. Individuals work on skill deficits through specific plans executed
in a structured routine.
Consumers must have a diagnosis of an intellectual disability or related condition
as outlined in the Title XIX MR/DD Waiver Manual. Approval for Title XIX Waiver
Services must be obtained by APS Healthcare.
Family Support Services
The Prestera Center Family Support Program is part of a statewide program passed
by legislation in March 1991. It is a program designed to assist families with a
member with a qualified developmental disability living in their natural home. Family
Support was created as a last resort to assist when other resources and programs
are not available. The Family Support Program is available regardless of income
or the age of the person with a disability.
Any family who resides in Boone, Cabell, Clay, Kanawha, Lincoln, Putnam or Wayne
Counties in WV and has a person living in their home that has a developmental disability
may be eligible. The applicant must live with family members (no group homes, hospitals).
A qualified Intellectual Disabilities diagnosis means the applicant has a diagnosis
of a severe, chronic disability that is:
- Attributed to a mental or physical impairment, or combination of mental and physical
- Manifested before the person is age twenty-two (22)
- Likely to continue indefinitely
- Substantially limiting functioning. In three or more of the following areas of major
- Self Care
- Receptive or Expressive language
- Capacity for independent living
- Economic self-sufficiency
Family Support Program Application
- Make sure ALL blanks are filled in on the application
- Only one item can be submitted on each application
- Only one application can be submitted per month
- All previous documentation must be submitted prior to this application
- Two written estimates must be attached to the application
- A current treatment plan, psychological, and/or doctor’s diagnosis are encouraged
to be attached to the application