At Amara Wellness we serve individuals who receive the Innovations waiver. Individuals receiving services under the NC Innovations 1915(c) Waiver must be diagnosed with an intellectual disability (formerly classified as mental retardation) or a closely related condition that results in substantial functional limitations in three or more major life activity areas. They also must meet criteria for Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID) level of care. Individuals accessing (b)(3) services must be diagnosed with an intellectual disability or a closely related condition that results in substantial functional limitations in three or more major life activity areas. For services under the 1915(b) waiver or the 1915(c) waiver, an individual must meet all criteria identified in the service definitions found in the North Carolina DMA Clinical Coverage Policies.
TWaiver services offer support to facilitate opportunities for each participant to explore and enhance their quality of life by maximizing self-determination, self-advocacy, and self-sufficiency. Services are intended to support participants in living in homes of their choice, having employment or engaging in purposeful daytime activities of their choice, achieving their life goals and providing an opportunity to direct their services to the extent they choose. Waiver services are designed to provide the necessary support to keep participants in the home setting with their families.
Individuals who seek services funded through the NC Innovations Waiver are served on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals apply for the NC Innovations Waiver by contacting Cardinal Innovations. If the individual is determined potentially eligible for waiver, but funding is not available at the time of the referral, the individual will be placed on the Registry of Unmet Needs when all necessary documentation has been received. Individuals on the Registry of Unmet Needs are also referred to other resources while they are waiting for waiver funding.
The NC Innovations Waiver is designed to provide an array of community-based services and supports that promote choice, control, independence and community membership. These services provide a community-based alternative to institutional care for persons who require an Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID) level of care.
If you would like more information about our Innovations Program, please contact the Program Director at 704-319-7614.