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Person/Family Directed Support Waiver (PFDS)

The "Person/Family Directed Support Waiver" (PFDS) is a state and federally funded program that provides community supports to individuals with mental retardation and their families who meet certain eligibility criteria.

Specific kinds of supports made available in this program are:

  • Supports needed in one's living arrangement
  • Day time activities
  • Supports related to employment and employment training
  • Respite services
  • Physical, occupational, behavioral, visual/mobility, and speech therapies
  • Visiting nurse services
  • Physical adaptation services
  • Transportation services
  • Homemaker services
  • Personal support
  • Adaptive appliances and equipment

For a more comprehensive list of supports available click here.

In addition to financial and level of care criteria, specific eligibility criteria for a person to receive supports in this waiver are: Being 3 years of age or older and does not require a community residential setting.

This program is administered by local County MH/MR Programs and is part of the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Retardation's Transformation Process. For more information on "Transformation" click here.

In order to view the complete PFDS Waiver as submitted to the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) now CMS click here.

To access an very comprehensive Primer on Waiver Services in a pdf file format click here.

The second waiver in Pennsylvania is the Home and Community Based Supports Waiver (HCBS). This Waiver offers all of the services in the PFDS Waiver plus community residential services. For more information on this Waiver click here.

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