What are the requirements to apply for the Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP)?

To be eligible to receive services as an ALW Participant, an individual must meet all the following ALW eligibility criteria

Age 21 or older

Have full-scope Medi-Cal eligibility with zero shares of cost

Have care needs equal to those of Medi-Cal-funded residents living and receiving care in Nursing Facilities

Willing to live in an assisted living setting as an alternative to a Nursing Facility. Able to reside safely in an assisted living facility or public subsidized housing

Willing to live in an assisted living setting located in one of the following counties providing ALW services: Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Sonoma counties

How do I apply for the Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP)?

The individual or the legal representative can ask for assistance from the skilled nursing facility if they are currently in a skilled nursing facility or contact an ALW program approved assisted living facility to ask for a recommendation of an approved Care Coordination (Agency CCA), or they can go to the DHCS website at the below and find a CCA in their area.

Assisted Living Waiver Care Coordination Agencies

Is there a waiting time or list?

Sometimes there are required waiting times or an individual may have to be placed on a waiting list, please contact a CCA to find out current requirements.