Medicaid Waiver

All services provided by Soto ALG in Georgia are funded through the NOW/COMP Medicaid waivers. Soto ALG offers appointments to assist you in applying for a waiver for yourself or loved one.  


Step 1

Get a Diagnosis.

The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) is able to provide 27 services to individuals with developmental disabilities through the NOW/COMP (New Options Waiver/Comprehensive) Medicaid waivers. Your loved one must be diagnosed with an intellectual* and/or developmental disability and/or related conditions prior to age 22. These services provide over and above what typical Medicaid covers.

According to the DBHDD website, "a developmental disability is a chronic condition that develops before a person reaches age 22 and limits his/her ability to function mentally and/or physically." Common diagnosis include intellectual disability, downs syndrome and autism.

*Intellectual disabilities must be diagnosed prior to age 18.

Step 2

Become Medicaid Eligible

Administered by the Department of Community Health (DCH), Medicaid is a jointly-funded, federal-state health insurance program that pays for medical bills. Medicaid coverage includes low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults and people with disabilities.

There are five ways to apply for Medicaid in Georgia:

  1. In person at your local county DFCS office.

  2. Online at the Georgia Gateway website.

  3. PeachCare for Kids online at the Georgia Gateway website.

  4. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) applications via the Social Security Administration. In Georgia, if found eligible for SSI, you automatically qualify for Medicaid.

  5. Deeming Waiver (formerly known as the Katie Beckett Waiver) applications are accepted by the Right from the Start Medicaid Project/Centralized Katie Beckett Medicaid Team at 678.248.7449.

Step 3

Complete and Return NOW/COMP Waiver Application

Check out the list of the services through the NOW/COMP waiver that families can chose from. Common services include day programs, residential services, at-home services, specialized medical equipment or supplies, prevocational and supported employment, etc. 

There is an application and qualifying process for the NOW/COMP waivers. Online applications are found here:
NOW/COMP Application.

If you have any questions about the NOW/COMP process, please visit the NOW/COMP FAQ page. 

Completed applications and accompanying documentation is turned in to the Regional DBHDD office. Find your region. (Augusta, GA is in Region 2)

Intake & Evaluation Unit
Phone: 706.792.7741
Toll Free:  1.877.551.4897

Regional Coordinator
3405 Mike Padgett Highway, Building 3
Augusta, GA 30906
Phone: 706.792.7733
Fax: 706.792.7740
Toll Free: 1.866.380.4835

If an individual already has a NOW/COMP waiver, please contact our Day Services Director, Daryl Hawthorne, or one of our Residential Directors, Shanika Lunceford and Gerry Glenn, at 706.426.4200 and notify them of your interest in Soto ALG services.

There are waiting lists for these waivers. It is important to apply as soon as possible for your child so that funding is available when you need it. For families who need day or home services after their child graduates high school, it is advisable that you apply for a waiver during or before their 10th grade year. It's never too early to apply! It is also important to fully disclose your loved one's support needs (think of everything someone else would have to do if caring for your family member) and family situation.


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