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The Department of Human Services (DHS) is the State Medicaid agency.  You will work with DHS when applying for Medicaid.  DHS administers  “The Waiver” program “for persons with developmental disabilities and mental retardation who would otherwise receive such services in an Intermediate Care Facility for persons with mental retardation (ICF/MR).”6

“The goal of this program is to reduce and prevent unnecessary institutionalization by providing home and community-based services at a cost less than or equal to institutional care.”

The DHS motto for “The Waiver” is “Independence”, “Dignity”, and  “Choice”.

For more information on the DHS Medicaid Waiver DD/MR Program, visit the website available at: http://www.state.hi.us/dhs/DDMR%20%207-03.pdf.

6 This information was taken from the Department of Human Services Medicaid Waiver for Individuals with DD/MR Program website available at: http://www.state.hi.us/dhs/DDMR%20%207-03.pdf.

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