New Options Waiver Program (NOW) Renewal Announcement


~~“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved renewal of the New Options (NOW) Waiver through September 30, 2022.  The renewal reflects collaborative work by the Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) to align service rates with the Comprehensive Supports (COMP) Waiver Program and enhance supports to families and individuals through changes to respite services, community living support, therapy services and expand options to encourage the use of supported employment.  The frequently asked questions and answers below are designed to assist providers and family members, in understanding specific elements of the NOW Waiver renewal and invite them to participate in implementation plan meetings.  Provider/family forums will be scheduled to begin in January 2018 to answer questions and provide additional information about the implementation schedule….  
Provides greater flexibility and assistance to individuals who wish to pursue   supported employment in community settings. “

State Policies & Initiatives: 
Medicaid & Employment
  • Other
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
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