Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Waiver Program

ElderChoice | Syracuse, NY

What is the Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver?

The TBI Waiver is a NYS Medicaid funded program, specifically designed for individuals who have sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury.   Services through the TBI Waiver are individually designed to provide support for person-centered goals and encourage community inclusion.  Participants in the TBI Waiver reside in their own homes or with family and friends.

A participant in the TBI Waiver may choose to receive Service Coordination only, or a combination of Service Coordination plus ancillary services to support their health, welfare and overall well-being.

Referrals to the TBI Waiver Program must be made through the local Regional Resource Development Center (RRDC), as directed by NYS Department of Health.

To make a referral to the TBI Waiver Program in the Syracuse/Utica area, please contact:  Arise

To make a referral to the TBI Waiver Program in the Binghamton/Cortland/Auburn area, please visit:  Southern Tier Independence Center

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    Who is eligible?

    An individual who has:

    • been diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)  or a related condition,
    • has been assessed to be eligible for nursing facility level of care,
    • is currently enrolled in the NYS Medicaid program or to  be eligible for Medicaid coverage for community-based long term care.
    • is between 18 and 64 years of age upon enrollment

For over 20 years, ElderChoice has provided exceptional services to participants in the TBI Waiver program. 

Currently we offer the following TBI Services:

Service Coordination
Assists the participant in the program enrollment process and supports the individual throughout their time on the TBI Waiver program.  The Service Coordinator ensures all services being received by the individual are provided as approved and as directed by the participant and assists the participant to source out and secure additional services, as needed.

Home and Community Support Staff (HCSS)
Home and Community Support Staff  assist the participant with activities of daily living, both in their home and community. These tasks can include, but are not limited to bathing, dressing, light housekeeping, verbal prompts for self- medication administration, meal preparation and oversight/supervision.  This service is provided in hourly incriments and can be approved for up to 24 hours/day, if necessary.

All HCSS are certified Personal Care Aides.

Structured Day Program (SDP)
Structured Day Program provides participants the opportunity to socialize, re-integrate into their community and develop additional leisure and recreational skills in a supported, group environment.