Independence Waiver

If you are an adult with a severe physical disability, the Independence Waiver may be able to help you live or remain in the community.

To be eligible for the Independence Waiver you must:

  • Be a Pennsylvania resident
  • Be ages 18-60: A person that turns 60 while in the waiver will be able to get services through the Independence Waiver.
  • Have a physical disability that limits three or more of the following major life activities:
    • Self-care, understanding and use of language, learning, mobility, self-direction and/or capacity for independent living.
  • Meet the financial requirements as determined by your local county assistance office.

You are not eligible if you:

  • Have an intellectual disability
  • Have a major mental disorder
  • Reside in a nursing facility or the community but have been assessed to need services provided by a nursing facility

Services available may include:

  • Adult daily living services
  • Accessibility Adaptations, Equipment, Technology and Medical Supplies
  • Community Integration
  • Community Transition Services
  • Financial Management Services
  • Home Health
  • Non-Medical Transportation
  • Personal Assistance Services
  • Personal Emergency Response System (PERS)
  • Respite
  • Service Coordination
  • Supported Employment
  • Therapeutic and Counseling Services
  • Employment Skills Development
  • Job Coaching
  • Residential Habilitation
  • Structured Day Habilitation
  • Behavior Therapy Services
  • Nursing Services
  • Occupational Therapy Services
  • Physical Therapy Services
  • Specialized Medical Equipment and Supplies
  • Speech and Language Therapy Services
  • Assistive Technology
  • Benefits Counseling
  • Career Assessment
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy Services
  • Home Adaptations
  • Job Finding
  • Nutritional Consultation Services
  • Therapeutic Consultation Services
  • Vehicle Modifications

Learn More

  • To view the current Independence Waiver, click here. (An accessible version of this document is available upon request)


For Information: Office of Long-Term Living Bureau of Participant Operations: (717) 787-8091
Enrollment: PA Independent Enrollment Broker: 1-877-550-4227