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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Waiver Program

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The Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) waiver program serves individuals 16 to 65 years of age who would otherwise require institutionalization in a TBI rehabilitation facility. The TBI program is not considered a long-term care program and is designed to be a rehabilitative program for participants to receive therapies and services that enable them to rely less on supports as the participant’s independence increases. If a traumatic brain injury is obtained prior to the age of 21 years, the individual may be considered developmentally disabled and will be referred to the Community Developmental Disability Organizations (CDDOs) prior to TBI screening. CDDOs are required to assess all persons with developmental disabilities for the Intellectual/Developmental Disability (IDD) Program.

Services

  • Assistive Services
  • Financial Management Services
  • Home-Delivered Meals
  • Medication Reminder Services
  • Personal Emergency Response System and Installation (PERS)
  • Personal Care Services (PCS)
  • Rehabilitation Therapies: Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy,Speech-Language Therapy, and Occupational Therapy
  • Enhanced Care Services (ECS)
  • Transitional Living Skills (TLS)

Eligibility

To be eligible for the TBI waiver, an individual must meet the following criteria:
  1. Be 16 to 65 years of age;
  2. Have a traumatic brain injury and provide medical documentation to support the TBI;
  3. Meet the criteria for TBI rehabilitation hospital placement;
  4. Be determined disabled or have a pending determination by the Social Security Administration;
  5. Have active rehabilitation needs;
  6. Be financially eligible for Medicaid.

Enrollment

To apply for the TBI waiver, contact your local Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) by calling 855-200-2372. The ADRC will conduct a TBI functional eligibility assessment to determine functional eligibility for the TBI waiver.

The Access Guide contains additional information regarding enrollment.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the difference between an acquired and traumatic brain injury?

  • What does supporting TBI documentation mean?

  • Is there a time limit on the TBI program?

  • Who do I call to get information when I need help?

  • What is self-direction?

Additional Information

For additional information or assistance you may follow the provided link to contact the KanCare Ombudsman.

Renewal Information

Find waiver status, renewal, and public comment information here: Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver Information.

Contact Information

TBI Waiver Program Manager:
Michele Heydon

Phone:
785-296-4983

Email:
michele.heydon@ks.gov

Fax:
785-296-0256

Mail:
Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
Attention: Home and Community Based Services
503 S. Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66603-3404