How to Access Medi-Cal Waiver Services
The first step to accessing Medi-Cal waiver services is to establish Medi-Cal eligibility. To apply for Medi-Cal, call or visit your local county social services office and request a Medi-Cal application. If you need assistance filling out the forms, call the county social services agency. Mail or take your application with the required verifications (proof) to the nearest social services agency in your county.
Medi-Cal waiver services are geared toward specific populations and targeted groups based on need. For disabled individuals requiring Home and Community-Based Services, there may be services available for such target populations as the elderly, developmentally disabled, or Medi-Cal beneficiaries with mid- to late- stage AIDS, or who require assisted living. Demonstration Project Waivers offer services that assist in family planning and pregnancy prevention, as well providing personal care resources to enable disabled adults to remain in their own home. Mental health services for beneficiaries with specific diagnoses are available through Freedom of Choice Waivers. For some waiver services, the first step to accessing benefits is as simple as contacting your local county social services office. For others, an assessment must be coordinated through the program administrator to determine eligibility. Participation in any waiver, however, requires the establishment of Medi-Cal eligibility. The review process for Medi-Cal eligibility and waiver eligibility can take place concurrently. Click here to be linked to a list of active waivers. If you identify waiver services that may be of assistance to you, a family member or friend, simply click on the link for that waiver for further eligibility requirements and contact information.
Source: How to Apply for Medi-Cal