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APD Waiting List Should Be Improved for Agency’s Planning and Budgeting Purposes, Report No. 06-54, July 2006
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  • The Agency for Persons with Disabilities maintains a waiting list of individuals requesting services under its Developmental Disabilities Home and Community-Based Services Waiver.  As of May 3, 2006, the agency reported having 17,467 individuals on its waiting list, of which 5,798 were receiving services from the Family and Supported Living Waiver. 
  • The waiting list is not a valid indicator of need for waiver services.  Approximately 28% of the 10,488 individuals who were offered waiver services for Fiscal Year 2005‑06 did not enroll.  Many of these individuals were already receiving related services through other sources such as the Family and Supported Living Waiver, other state-funded programs, school district programs, or the Medicaid state plan.  Also, information on individuals on the waiting list is often out of date and inaccurately reflects their current or potential service needs.  This hinders the Legislature’s ability to determine the level of funding needed to serve eligible persons.
  • The agency should regularly review its waiting list to determine the number of individuals who are receiving services under related programs and/or who have declined waiver services, as well as the length of time such individuals have been on the waiting list.  The agency also should develop a multi-year plan for addressing the waiting list for waiver services that considers the length of time individuals have been on the waiting list, how soon the individuals are expected to need waiver services, the expected level of services to be provided, and whether the individuals are receiving services from other waivers or programs.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Agency for Persons with Disabilities

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 14-09 iBudget Implementation Continues as the Agency for Persons with Disabilities Responds to Legal Challenges,published in March 2014.
  • Report No. 10-45 APD Waiting List Process Now More Useful for Planning and Budgeting; Multi-year Plan Still Needed, published in June 2010.
  • Report No. 08-49 Agency for Persons with Disabilities Has Made Several Changes to the Prior Service Authorization Process, published in August 2008.
  • Report No. 08-15 APD Should Take Steps to Ensure New Needs Assessment and Individual Budget Process Is Timely and Effective, published in March 2008.
  • Report No. 07-18 Progress Report: The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Has Taken Steps to Improve Performance; Employment Initiative Has Not Significantly Increased Referrals, published in February 2007.
  • Report No. 06-17 MAXIMUS’s Prior Service Authorization Process Meets Contract Requirements, But Improvements Are Needed, published in February 2006.
  • Report No. 05-39 Disabilities Groups Should Improve Coordination, But Duplication of Activities Appears to Be Low, published in July 2005.
  • Report No. 05-14 OPPAGA Report: Vocational Rehabilitation Program’s Performance Has Been Mixed Since the Abolishment of Occupational Access and Opportunity Commission, published in March 2005.

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