Community Care Waiver (CCW)
The Community Care Waiver (CCW) is a program for individuals with developmental disabilities that pays for the services and supports they need in order to live in the community. Administered by the Division, the CCW is funded by the state, with assistance from the federal government’s Medicaid program.
The Community Care Waiver is a critical component of the Division's ability to provide services in the community to individuals with developmental disabilities. Without the CCW, New Jersey could only use Medicaid funding to help provide services to these individuals if they resided in an institution. The federal government allowed states to create waivers, including the CCW, as a way to help individuals with specific needs avoid institutionalization and return to or remain in the community.
In order to enroll on the CCW, individuals must be eligible for Division-funded services; must meet the specified level of care for Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/ID) and also must meet specific Medicaid requirements regarding income and resources. The Division of Developmental Disabilities works with individuals to help establish whether or not they meet these Medicaid requirements.
CCW Policies and Procedures Manual
The draft Community Care Waiver (CCW) Policies and Procedures Manual was released April 2017 and applies to individuals enrolled in the CCW program who have been transitioned into fee-for-service.
Stakeholder feedback regarding the draft policy manual can be submitted to DDD.CCWHelpdesk@dhs.state.nj.us.
CCW Renewal and Amendments
The Community Care Waiver renewal has been approved by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and is effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2021.
The Division is currently working with CMS regarding our submission of proposed CCW amendments.