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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.

CCW Eligibility

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 Shift to Fee-for-Service

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

CCW Shift to Fee-for-Service: An Overview for Service Providers

CCW Shift to Fee-for-Service: An Overview for Support Coordination Agencies

CCW Shift to Fee-for-Service Worksheet

CCW Participant Enrollment Agreement (only for use with an individual enrolling/transitioning into fee-for-service)

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. 


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