New Jersey has applied for a Medicaid waiver that would allow the state to spend $90 million per year on support for individuals with developmental disabilities. The waiver would allow them to participate in day programs as an alternative to living in one of the state's seven developmental centers.
According to a state Department of Human Services official, the cost savings of supporting individuals in community placement versus developmental centers is approximately $90,000 per individual per year. New Jersey expects that the increased funding it will receive if the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approves the waiver will allow it to provide services to approximately 600 more people.
A decision is expected from CMS by the end of the year.
For more information, check out the article, "Medicaid Waiver Would Help Residents with Developmental Disabilities," in the NJSpotlight.