The primary goal of Waiver services is to enable individuals to remain in their current home environment.

The Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver is a Medicaid program that is available to individuals with developmental disabilities with long-term care needs. At the Kelberman Center, we offer waiver services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder through three key programs:

Waiver Services

Waiver Community Habilitation

 Community Habilitation is a program designed to help people with independent living skills at home and in the community. A trained Autism Mentor assists with skill development that enhances independent living. For many people, this can include social skills, travel and transportation, leisure and recreational skills, and developing appropriate behavior at home and in the community.

Autism Mentors are Kelberman Center staff who is hired to provide support and education in learning life skills. The Autism Mentor is supported by a professional team who specialize in autism services and can assist with all aspects of goal development. We are driven by client outcomes, so our work is guided by what each individual wants to accomplish for their own independence in the community.

 Waiver Respite

 Waiver Respite services provide an opportunity for families or caregivers to take a break from their caregiving duties. Respite services are available in the individual’s home with a trained Autism Mentor or through programs based in the community. The Kelberman Center offers community-based respite through unique programs such as Awesome Summer Days Camp or other after school and weekend recreation activities.

Learn More

Watch our video to learn how our Home and Community Based Waiver Services work with other programs provided by the Kelberman Center to serve the people we support.

Getting Started

 For all Waiver programs, individuals must be at least 3 years old, qualify for OPWDD services, and have ASD or a related developmental disability. The Kelberman Center is able to assist with the referral and authorization process. Please contact Sarah Puskarenko at (315) 797-6241, ext. 224 or to learn more.