Georgia Department of Community Health “New Options Waiver Program (NOW) and Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP)”


Overview The New Options Waiver (NOW) and the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) offer home- and community-based services for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) or developmental disabilities (DD) through the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) Division of Medical Assistance Plans. A diagnosis of developmental disability includes intellectual disability or other closely related conditions, such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or neurological problems. These disabilities require a level of care provided in an intermediate-care facility (ICF) for people diagnosed with ID/DD. There are more than 12,000 people with developmental disabilities who are served bty the NOW/COMP programs in Georgia.

Purpose The NOW waiver program offers services and supports to individuals to enable them to remain living in their own or family home and participate or live independently in the community

State Policies & Initiatives: 
Medicaid & Employment
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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