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Waiver Support Services Definitions 14

(State Standards)

Personal Assistance

“The goals of Personal Assistance are to assist the PARTICIPANT to meet health and safety needs, utilize community resources, and develop natural supports, in accordance with the goal(s) identified in the Plan of Care (POC).  

Personal Assistance (PA) services include assistance to gain physical access to the community and the associated costs related to the use of community resources, assistance with non-medical care, supervision, and support assistance to promote socialization.  All personal assistance services shall be provided to meet the goal(s) of the service as stated in the Developmental Disabilities/Mental Retardation (DD/MR) Medicaid Waiver Program STANDARDS and shall be individually defined in the Plan of Care (POC).”

Personal Assistance services shall consist of three levels:

Personal Assistance Chore

Personal Assistance Level I

Personal Assistance Level II

The Case Manager (CM) with input from the circle of supports determines Personal Assistance Chore, Level I or Level II.

Habilitation

“The goals of Habilitation (HAB) services are to increase the PARTICIPANT’S capacity and independence to reside and/or participate in their home and community, and increase the PARTICIPANT’S capacity toward economic self-sufficiency in accordance with goal(s) identified in the Plan of Care (POC).

Habilitation (HAB) services are defined as training to support the acquisition, improvement and retention of skills and behaviors that increase the PARTICIPANT’S capacity and independence to reside and/or participate in their home and community, and increase capacity toward economic self-sufficiency.

14 All of the definitions in this section are taken from the State of Hawai`i Department of Health standard Medicaid Waiver provider service contract.  

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