Implementation of New Developmental Waivers

The federal government has approved Virginia's proposed Developmental Waiver redesign and as of September 1, 2016 implementation has begun. The new Waivers are the Building Independence Waiver, the Family and Individual and Support Waiver and the Community Living Waiver. (See May 2016 Newsletter for the details)

Intake for all Developmental Waivers will be the local Community Services Board for each city and county. Below are the numbers for our local CSB's:

Arlington: 703-228-1700
Alexandria: 703-746-3400
Fairfax: 703-324-4400
Prince William: (703) 792-7800
Loudoun: (703) 777-0378

The new Developmental Waivers still have a wait list. But there is new criteria to implement the wait list. Priority criteria based on critical needs determines placement on the wait list.

Priority 1 anticipates applicant need within one year.
(1) There is an immediate jeopardy to the health and safety of the individual due to the unpaid primary caregiver having a chronic or long-term physical or psychiatric condition that significantly limits his/her ability to provide care; or
(2) There is immediate risk to the health or safety of the applicant, primary caregiver, or other person living in the home due to either of the following conditions:

a. The individual's behavior or behaviors present a risk to himself or others that cannot be effectively managed by the primary caregiver.
b. There are physical care needs (such as lifting or bathing) or medical needs that cannot be managed by the primary caregiver even with support.

Priority 2 anticipates applicant need in one to five years and the individual meets one of the following criteria:
(1) The health and safety of the individual is likely to be in future jeopardy due to the declining health of the primary care giver and there is no alternate caregiver and the individual's skills will decline as a result of loss of care; or (2) Individual is at risk of losing employment supports; or
(3) The individual is at risk of losing current housing; or
(4) The individual has needs or desired outcomes that with adequate supports will result in a significantly improved quality of life.

Priority 3 anticipates the individual may not present for waiver services in over five years as long as the current supports and services remain; however, the system should plan for future needs, as this person may present at any time.

Edward Zetlin Law is experienced in such issues. Don't hesitate to call if you face such an issue or if you have additional questions. Edward Zetlin Law would be happy to discuss. Please contact us at 703-379-0442 or e-mail at

Community Presentations in September for Ed Zetlin.
On Friday, Sept. 9 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. for the Exceptional Family Member Program at the Fort Belvoir Army Community Service. Contact Fran Selkovits at 703-805-4435 for more information.

On Saturday, Sept. 10 at the monthly 'Lunch Bunch' Ed will be presenting and available to answer questions on 'What to Expect When Your Child Turns 18' from Noon until 2;00 pm at the Autism Society of Northern Virginia, 10467 White Granite Dr. Oakton, VA 22124.

Contact us at (703)379-0442;

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