MDCP provides services to families caring for children and young adults as an alternative to receiving services in a nursing facility.
What's Included in the MDCP Program
MDCP services include: respite, adaptive aids, employment assistance, flexible family supports (services that support a person’s basic daily activities like bathing, dressing, and preparing meals), minor home modifications, and others.
MDCP 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.
Learn more about this waiver program on DADS’ fact sheet page for MDCP.
Requirements to Receive MDCP Services
- Must be younger than age 21. If younger than age 18, the child must be living with an adult family member (such as a parent, guardian, or sibling) or with a legally recognized foster family that includes no more than 4 children unrelated to your child.
- Must meet the medical necessity and level of care requirements for nursing home admission.
- Must be eligible for Medicaid in the community, including: able to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), able to receive Medical Assistance Only protected status, or meet the income and resource requirements for Medicaid benefits in a nursing home. MAO refers to someone who is able to get Medicaid but does not receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments.
- Income and assets may not be more than specified limits: a monthly income of up to 300% of the monthly income limit for SSI and no more than $2,000 in assets. This refers to your child’s income, not the family income.
- Cannot be enrolled in another waiver program. Your child can remain on other waiver interest lists while enrolled in the MDCP waiver program.
Compare the waiver programs and the services they offer, including MDCP.
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 MDCP, call 1-855-937-2372 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.