Indianapolis Funding Sources
We work with a multitude of different funding sources in Indiana and would like to share some of those organizations and options with you. The following is a guide to resources that may be able to help you. Specific details can only be obtained by contacting the individual organization directly.
- Central Indiana Council on Aging (CICOA)
- Easter Seals Crossroads
- Indiana Medicaid Waiver
- Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP)
- Lifestream Services
- Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation (MDFF)
- Shepherd Center of Hamilton County
- Veterans Administration (VA)
IN Funding list at USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
Community and Home Options to Institutional Care for the Elderly and Disabled
The CHOICE program is managed by Indiana’s 16 Area Agencies on Aging. This program provides home- and community-based services to support individuals in maintaining their independence in their own homes or communities for as long as is safely possible.
How does one qualify for the CHOICE Program?
CHOICE applicants must be:
- At least 60 years of age and/or have a disability
- Must also be at risk of losing their independence – This is determined by having difficulties with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, walking, transferring or medications set-ups
CHOICE funds may not be used if other funding such as Medicare or Medicaid is available to meet the individual’s needs.
What are the income limits?
No limits for the CHOICE program. However, applicants with higher incomes may be asked to pay for a portion of their modifications.
What are the asset/resource limits?
An individual may not have assets that exceed $250,000.
How does someone apply for the CHOICE program?
To apply for the CHOICE program, contact your local AAA at 800-986-3505 for assistance with your application.
What services are available?
- Adult day services
- Attendant care
- Case management
- Environmental modification
- Handy chore
- Home-delivered meals
- Home health aide
- Personal emergency response systems
- Pest control
- Skilled nursing
- Specialized medical equipment
- Vehicle modifications
Aged and Disabled Waiver
The Aged and Disabled (A&D) Waiver allows individuals who are aged, blind, or disabled to remain in their home as an alternative to moving into a nursing facility. Home and community-based services (HCBS) are provided through the A&D Waiver to supplement informal provisions for people who would require care in a nursing facility if HCBS or other supports were not available.
Individuals must meet HCBS waiver eligibility and Medicaid eligibility guidelines in order to be eligible for a Medicaid HCBS waiver.
Eligible individuals must:
- Be elderly, blind, or otherwise disabled
- Reside in an HCBS-compliant setting (non-institutionalized)
- Have income no greater than 300% of maximum Supplemental Security Income (SSI) amount (parental income for children under 18 years of age is disregarded)
- Meet “nursing facility level of care”
Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver (TBI)
The Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Waiver provides HCBS to Medicaid eligible people of all ages who have experienced a traumatic brain injury and who require services that are typically only available in a skilled nursing facility. This waiver is designed to provide supports, such as personal assistance, limited habilitation services, and respite care, as well as limited environmental modifications.
Individuals must meet HCBS waiver eligibility and Medicaid eligibility guidelines in order to be eligible for a Medicaid HCBS waiver. To be eligible, individuals must:
- Be elderly or disabled
- Have a traumatic brain injury determined by healthcare professionals
- Not have income greater than 300% of maximum Supplemental Security Income (SSI) amount (parental income for children under 18 years of age is disregarded)
- Meet “nursing facility level of care if brain injury occurred at 22 years of age or older or meet ICF/IID level of care if brain injury occurred before 22 years of age.)
Available waiver services may include:
- Adult Day Service
- Adult Family Care
- Assisted Living
- Attendant Care
- Self-Directed Attendant Care
- Case Management
- Community Transition
- Environmental Modifications
- Environmental Modification Assessments
- Health Care Coordination
- Home Delivered Meals
- Nutritional Supplements
- Personal Emergency Response System
- Pest Control
- Specialized Medical Equipment and Supplies
- Structured Family Caregiving
- Vehicle Modifications
How to apply
- Visit your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA). There are 16 Area Agencies on Aging throughout the state. It is helpful to apply as soon as you identify a need for waiver services.
- You must also apply for Medicaid. To learn more about a Medicaid applications visit the Apply for Medicaid web page.