Person/Family Directed Support Waiver for Individuals with Intellectual Disability

The Pennsylvania Person/Family Directed Support Waiver is designed to help individuals with an intellectual disability live more independently in their homes and communities and to provide a variety of services that promote community living, including self-directed service models and traditional, agency-based service models. 

Current Person/Family Directed Support Waiver Information

Eligibility criteria:

  • Be age three and older
  • Level of Care
    • Medical Evaluation
    • Diagnosis of an intellectual disbility
  • Recommended for an intermediate care facility  (ICF) level of care based on a medical evaluation
  • Determined eligible for Medical Assistance (MA)
  • Meet the financial requirements as determined by your local County Assistance Office.
  • Individual cost limit of $30,000 per person per fiscal year
    • Excludes Supports Coordination
    • Excludes Supports Broker Services 


  • Assistive Technology
  • Behavior Support
  • Companion
  • Education Support
  • Home Accessibility Adaptations
  • Home and Community Habilitation (Unlicensed)
  • Homemaker/Chore
  • Licensed Day Habilitation
  • Nursing
  • Prevocational
  • Respite
  • Specialized Supplies
  • Supported Employment
  • Supports Broker
  • Supports Coordination
  • Therapy
    • Physical
    • Occupational
    • Speech
    • Language
    • Behavioral
    • Orientation, Mobility and Vision
  • Transitional work
  • Transportation
  • Vehicle Accessibility Adaptations


Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) Waiver Amendment, Effective July 8, 2016

Three teleconferences were held to inform the public of substantive changes included in both the Consolidated and P/FDS Waiver Amendments. These teleconferences were held July 8, 2016, July 11, 2016 and July 19, 2016. - A Link to the PowerPoint used in the presentation is below.  

PowerPoint Presentation Requarding Waiver Amendments Effective July 2016

Note: For historical and comparison purposes, the below link is acccessible to view the previous approved Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) Waiver Amendment effective July 22, 2015. This Waiver will be available at the link below until October 1, 2016

P/FDS Waiver Amendment, Effective July 22, 2015