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The Arkansas HIPP program is designed to save money for families with high healthcare costs by reimbursing members for the cost of group health insurance provided by an employer or through COBRA. In some cases, members can receive reimbursement for the premium cost of a family health insurance policy. The program also eliminates some out-of-pocket medical expenses for qualifying Medicaid clients.

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Arkansas Developmental Disability Network

The Arkansas Developmental Disability Network is made up of 3 “sister” agencies provided through the federal Developmental Disabilities Act.  These 3 agencies are:

Developmental Disabilities Council

Governor-appointed, the Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disability Council consist of individuals with developmental disabilities, family members, directors of state agencies that serve people with disabilities and representatives from nonprofit and private organizations that provide services and supports for people with disabilities. The Council’s main objective is to improve the independence and productivity of people with developmental disabilities and to ensure their integration and inclusion into the community.

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Arkansas Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities


Other Useful Links from GCDD

PDF: Guide to Common Disability-Related Acronyms

PDF: People-First Language Guide

PDF: Vital Records Log – Fillable PDF

PDF: Guardianship: A guide for the families, advocates and friends of people with disabilities

Disability Rights Arkansas

DRA is the federally authorized and funded nonprofit organization serving as the Protection and Advocacy System (P&A) and the Client Assistance Program (CAP) for individuals with disabilities in Arkansas.  DRA is authorized to advocate for and protect human, civil and legal rights of all Arkansans with disabilities consistent with federal law. DRA services are provided free of charge.

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Partners for Inclusive Communities

Partners for Inclusive Communities (Partners) is Arkansas’ University Center on Disabilities. Administratively located within the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions, Partners is a member of the nationwide Association of University Centers on Disabilities.  Partners achieves its mission by assessing the needs of individuals with disabilities, then addressing those needs through research, education, community service, training, technical assistance and collecting and sharing information.

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Arkansas Medicaid

Medicaid reimburses health care providers for covered medical services provided to eligible needy individuals in certain categories. Eligibility is determined based on income, resources, Arkansas residency, and other requirements.  Covered services also vary among categories.  Categories are summarized under the two headings of “Aged, Blind and Disabled” and “Children and Family”.

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CES Waiver

“The Community and Employment Support (CES) Waiver offers services in your community to support clients with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) with all major life activities, such as living independently and working at a job with help from an employment coach.”

You can find out your waitlist number by email at or by calling 501-683-0569


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Disability Rights Arkansas

“Our Mission is to vigorously advocate for and enforce the legal rights of people with disabilities.

We Envision an Arkansas where people with disabilities are equal members in their communities and can dictate the course of their own lives through self-determination.”


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First Connections

Early intervention (0-3) under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is First Connections. The Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities Services is the “lead agency” with administrative oversight. First Connections provides supports and services for families and their children, birth to age three who have special needs. Research shows that this is a critical time of development in the lives of all children. Families of infants and toddlers with special needs can turn to First Connections for information, support, and services to help them assist their child in reaching his/her potential. First Connections is a state-wide, comprehensive early intervention network of qualified, dedicated professionals here to work directly with your family to custom-design a plan with you to meet your child’s and your family’s needs.

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iCAN of Arkansas

iCAN is the Arkansas statewide Assistive Technology program designed to make technology available and accessible for everyone who needs it.  Assistive technology (AT) is any kind of device or tool that helps people live, learn, work, and communicate more independently.  AT can be very simple and inexpensive, like a modified knife and fork, or it can be very sophisticated and costly, like a computerized speech device.

iCAN stands for Increasing Capabilities Access Network and Tools for Life is our philosophy—assistive technology for everyone!  iCAN offers a number of services to help Arkansans of all ages find the AT tools they need for home, school, work and getting around in the community.

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Northwest Arkansas Community Parent Resource Center

“The NWA CPRC, while advocating for children in special education,  specifically emphasizes training and information for all families, including:  foster families, marginalized communities, the parents of young people in the juvenile justice system, and self advocates. In addition, the CPRC collaborates with professionals working with these groups.”

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PASSE – Arkansas PASSE, What is it?

The Provider-led Arkansas Shared Savings Entity (PASSE) is a new model of organized care that will address the needs of certain Medicaid beneficiaries who have complex behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities service needs.

The goal of the PASSE system is to monitor client’s health care needs, keep them healthy, and help them reach goals. DHS,AFMC and each PASSE continues to work together internally to address questions or concerns for providers and clients about the PASSE program as they arise. March 01, 2020 is the one-year anniversary of the PASSE program that is serving nearly 40,000 Arkansas Medicaid clients.

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PASSE – Arkansas Total Care

“Arkansas Total Care is committed to providing whole health solutions for people with IDD and Behavioral Health needs. Our unique, person-centered approach ensures each individual receives comprehensive care coordination tailored specifically for them. With over 20 years of experience, the partners at Arkansas Total Care provide support services that collectively create healthier, happier individuals –ultimately improving their overall quality of life.”

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Project AWIN

Project AWIN is Arkansas’ Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program. A WIPA Coordinator can meet with you individually to discuss how returning to work will impact your benefits. WIPA can help you understand the Social Security work incentives available under the Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance programs, so you can maximize your income and healthcare options to achieve greater financial self-sufficiency. Contact a WIPA Coordinator by calling 1-888-284-7521

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rEcess – Parent’s Night Out

“rEcess is a parents night out that churches offer to families experiencing disability in their community. 99 Balloons has done the hard work to allow churches the opportunity to begin building relationships sooner!”

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The Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) is a Medicaid program that can help families with children younger than 19 years old who have a disability receive care in their homes rather than an institution. The TEFRA program can help pay for the cost of those services for eligible children. Some families will not have to pay anything as part of the program. Others pay a premium on a sliding scale, depending on their income. Children who live in an institution or receive extended care in an institution are not eligible for TEFRA.

You can apply for the program by filling out the TEFRA application packet and submitting it to your local DHS county office. If you need help or have questions, feel free to call: 1-855-372-1084.

Applying for TEFRA

How to Apply

Download forms at this link: How to Apply for TEFRA page
The child’s parent or guardian can apply for TEFRA at the DHS office in the child’s county of residence. Applications also are accepted at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

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Also known as the Katie Beckett option,  TEFRA  is a category of Medicaid that provides care to disabled children in their homes rather than in institutions. To qualify for  TEFRA  benefits, the child must be disabled according to the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) definition of disability and must meet the medical-necessity requirement for institutional care. Children who live in institutions or who receive extended care in institutions are not eligible in the  TEFRA  category. To qualify for  TEFRA  benefits, the child:

  • must be younger than 19
  • cannot have income that exceeds the Long Term Care Medicaid limit
  • cannot have countable resources that exceed $2,000
Parental income and resources are not considered. Only the income and resources of the child are counted. Appropriate medical services must be available to provide care for the child in the home. The estimated cost of care in the home cannot exceed the estimated cost of care for the child in an institution. Children who receive  SSI  but lose coverage intermittently due to fluctuating parental income may be eligible for  TEFRA  benefits in the months they do not receive  SSI .

WIC (Women, Infants and Children)

The WIC (Women, Infants and Children) special supplemental nutritional program provides supplemental food for children when they need food high in nutrition for critical growth. The program also provides supplemental nutritional aid for women so that the baby can grow into a strong and healthy adult. The program encourages breastfeeding and provides necessary support for it. In addition to these benefits, the Arkansas WIC program also helps mothers learn about important nutrients and dietary habits so that they can maintain healthy diet for infant and children.

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