​AIDS Medi-Cal Waiver Program

Local agencies, under contract with the California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS, provide home- and community-based services as an alternative to nursing facility care or hospitalization.  

The Medi-Cal Waiver Program (MCWP) provides comprehensive case management and direct care services to persons living with HIV/AIDS as an alternative to nursing facility care or hospitalization. Case management is participant centered and provided using a team-based approach by a registered nurse and social work case manager. Case managers work with the participant, their primary care provider, family, caregivers, and other service providers to determine and deliver needed services to participants who choose to live in a home setting rather than an institution.

The goals of the MCWP are to:

  • Assist participants with disease management, preventing HIV transmission, stabilizing overall health, improving quality of life, and avoiding costly institutional care;
  • Increase coordination among service providers and eliminate duplication of services;
  • Transition participants to more appropriate programs as their medical and psychosocial status improves, thus freeing MCWP resources for those in most need; and
Enhance utilization of the program by underserved populations.

Clients eligible for the program must be Medi-Cal recipients:  whose health status qualifies them for nursing facility care or hospitalization,  in an “Aid Code” with full benefits and not enrolled in the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE); have a written diagnosis of HIV disease or AIDS with current signs, symptoms, or disabilities related to HIV disease or treatment; adults who are certified by the nurse case manager to be at the nursing facility level of care and score 60 or less using the Cognitive and Functional Ability Scale assessment tool, children under 13 years of age who are certified by the nurse case manager as HIV/AIDS symptomatic; and individuals with a health status that is consistent with in-home services and who have a home setting that is safe for both the client and service providers.

For further information refer to the Office of AIDS.

AIDS Medi-Cal Waiver Program Waiver Renewal: 2022 - 2026​

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), in collaboration with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), must renew its MCWP Waiver, authorized under section 1915(c) of the Social Security Act, every five years. The current waiver term ends on December 31, 2021. The new waiver term will be January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2026. DHCS submitted the MCWP renewal application to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on September 29, 2021.


The renewal application includes new and revised content based on input DHCS received from stakeholders during the 30-day Public Comment Period held August 13 – September 13, 2021. All changes to the MCWP Waiver program must be approved by CMS before they can be implemented.

2022-2026 AIDS Waiver Renewal - Public Comment Period

DHCS posted the 2022 MCWP Waiver renewal application for a 30-day Public Comment Period, from August 13 through September 13, 2021, prior to submitting the Renewal Application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for reauthorization.​



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