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ACCESS Serves Arkansas Residents Through the Waiver Program

When most families and supporters think of ACCESS, they think of services such as therapy, full-time education, vocational training, and even comprehensive evaluations and testing for individuals with special needs. All of those aspects are important to living our mission of expanding individual potential through innovative instruction, whether it be through early intervention for preschool-aged children or on-the-job training to help young adults gain valuable vocational skills.

However, that is not all we do at ACCESS. We pride ourselves on being person-centered, focusing on the needs of every individual we serve. We recognize that while therapy, education and training are important, there is more to it than that. Through the Waiver program, ACCESS is able to provide approved individuals support that goes beyond those services listed above.

“I am extremely thankful for the Waiver services provided through ACCESS. As a parent, it is a great piece of mind knowing my daughter is provided with such a caring team of individuals. They are also a huge source of support to me and provide me with wonderful resources.” Tina Pilgreen, Waiver Parent

What is Waiver?

The Waiver program strives to help individuals reach their maximum potential in decision making, employment and community integration through a variety of services:

  • Supportive Living – Supportive living is an array of individually tailored services and activities provided to enable eligible beneficiaries to reside successfully in their own homes, with their family, or in an alternative living residence or setting. The services are designed to assist beneficiaries in acquiring, retaining and improving the self-help, socialization, and adaptive skills necessary to reside in the home- and community-based setting. As a provider for the CES Waiver program, ACCESS’ services include supports such as:
    • Decision making
    • Money management
    • Daily living skills
    • Socialization
    • Community integration experiences
    • Non-medical transportation
    • Mobility
    • Communication
    • Behavior shaping and management
    • Reinforcement of therapeutic services
    • Health maintenance activities 
  • Supported Employment – Supported employment is a tailored array of services that offers ongoing support to beneficiaries to assist in their goal of working in competitive, integrated work settings including:
    • Job coaching
    • Continued monitoring of employment outcomes
    • Discovery career planning
    • Employment path mapping
    • Job development 
  • Respite Coordination – Respite services are provided on a short-term basis to beneficiaries unable to care for themselves due to the absence of or need for relief of non-paid caregivers.
  • Consultation Services – Consultation services are clinical and therapeutic services that assist waiver beneficiaries, parents, guardians, legally responsible individuals, and service providers in carrying out the beneficiary’s person-centered plan. ACCESS offers consultation services with:
    • Physical Therapists
    • Other professionals
    • Psychologists/Psychological Examiners
    • Speech Pathologists
    • Occupational Therapists

Who can qualify for the Waiver program?

The wavier program services residents of Arkansas who:

  • Have been diagnosed with a developmental disability before the age of 22.
  • Have applied for and been approved to receive assistance through the AR Waiver program (CES).
  • Are looking for assistance in giving their lives the meaning and value they choose.

How do I choose ACCESS as my Waiver provider?

Contact your Service Coordinator at your local division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS) office, a division of the Department of Human Services (DHS). Once you have applied for Waiver services and services are being offered by DDS, your agency can choose the Waiver provider you wish to choose. At anytime while receiving services, you may switch to another Waiver service provider.

For questions about the ACCESS Waiver program, contact our Waiver department at (501) 217-8600.

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