COA to provide care management for Ohio Home Care Waiver and Transitions Carve Out Waiver

Monday, January 13, 2014

As of January 1, Council on Aging is providing care management for people enrolled in the Ohio Home Care Waiver and Transitions Carve Out Waiver.

The program is an in-home long-term care option for eligible children and adults who have significant disabilities and/or mental health needs.  It provides cost-effective home and community-based services to help people remain in a community setting, rather than a nursing home.

The program is administered by the Ohio Department of Medicaid through the Bureau of Long-term Care Services and Supports. It preserves independence by giving participants greater control and choice over their care, including where they receive care, the types of services they receive and who provides their services.

Services include help with personal care (bathing, dressing, and grooming); respite for caregivers; adult day service; emergency response system; home-delivered meals; nursing; home modification; skilled therapies; supplemental adaptive/assistive devices; and supplemental transportation.

Via a competitive process, Council on Aging applied for and received a contract to provide care management for the waiver program in a 21-county region.  Area Agency on Aging 3 (Lima area) is contracting with Council on Aging to provide care management in their counties. Council on Aging is also working with other individuals and organizations who bring specialized services and expertise.

“We are very pleased and honored to be working within the Ohio Home Care Waiver,” said Council on Aging CEO Suzanne Burke. “This will be a new way to support the state's efforts to provide home and community-based services to our most vulnerable residents. It is exciting to be expanding to serve a younger population. We will bring the same expertise and dedication to individuals on the Ohio Home Care Waiver that we bring to PASSPORT and the Assisted Living Waiver. At the same time, we know that these consumers have much to teach us and we’re eager to learn.”

Council on Aging will share care management responsibilities with CareStar, which also has a state contract.    Our initial case load is 1,086 individuals. 

More information is available at or on Council on Aging’s website or by calling 800-252-0155.