The CLASS program provides home and community-based supports to people with related conditions.
A related condition is a disability other than an intellectual disability (ID) or mental illness, which begins before age 22 and is not likely to end. This condition must also cause major functional limitations, similar to a person with an ID. Autism and other developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, and spina bifida are examples of related conditions.
This waiver is an alternative to receiving services in an Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability or Related Conditions (ICF/IID).
What's Included in the CLASS Program
The CLASS program includes: behavioral support, adaptive aids, medical supplies, respite care, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, minor home modifications, nursing, specialized therapies, pre-vocational training, supported employment, transition assistance, and others.
CLASS also offers people the choice to self-direct some services. This means anybody enrolled in the program can have control over how some of their services are delivered and managed.
Requirements to Receive CLASS
- No age limit to receive services.
- Must have a diagnosis of a related condition under federal and state law.
- Must be eligible for Medicaid in the community.
- Must live in your own or your family’s home.
- Income and assets may not be more than these limits: a monthly income of up to 300% of the monthly income limit for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and no more than $2,000 in assets. This refers to your child’s income, not the family income. Learn more about how to figure out this amount.
- Cannot be enrolled in another waiver program. Your child can remain on other waiver interest lists while enrolled in the CLASS waiver program.
Compare the waiver programs and the services they offer, including CLASS.
Three Top Tips for Waiver Lists
- Don’t Delay, Add Your Child Right Away: Consider adding your child to as many waiver interest lists as possible when your child is first diagnosed with a disability or special health-care needs. You should also think about adding your child to the lists even if they aren’t diagnosed but you have reason to believe that your child will have a long-term disability or special health-care needs.
- Learn More: If you are interested in CLASS, call 1-877-438-5658 to speak to a trained professional.
- Update Your Information Every Year: At least 1 time a year, call to update your contact information, so they know how to reach you. Most parents remember by calling around their child’s birthday.