“The Waiting List”: Am I on It?

For quite a while, the Autism Society of North Carolina has been telling the public about the changes to the CAP MR/IDD waiver, a home- and community-based program that helps people with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities get services and supports. (For previous posts, click here and here.)

Last year, the CAP IDD program became known as the Innovations waiver when all of the Local Management Entities (LMEs) – sometimes called your local mental health centers – became Managed Care Organizations (MCOs). CAP IDD, now Innovations, has had a waiting list for many years because of restrictions on funding for slots in the program, but some additional funds have become available in some counties.

LME/MCOs are still tracking individuals who are waiting for services. We recommend contacting your LME/MCO to be sure your contact information and needs are accurate and up-to-date. As LME/MCOs release waiver slots and improve access through B3 services, which includes respite for people with IDD, they need to be sure their information is correct about who is waiting for what type of services. It’s especially important to contact the LME/MCO if you have moved or changed phone numbers. You can find your LME/MCO here.

If you have questions about public policy issues, please contact Jennifer Mahan, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, at 919-865-5068 or jmahan@autismsociety-nc.org.

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