- Specialized Services Fund (SSF)
- CARE Delaware: Caregiver Assistance-Respite-Education
- Medicaid Waivers
New Castle County
Oxford Building, Suite 200
256 Chapman Road
Newark, DE 19702
(302) 453-3836 (fax)
(302) 453-3837 (TDD)
Kent & Sussex Counties: Milford Office
Milford State Service Center
18 N. Walnut St., First Floor
Milford, DE 19963
(302) 424-7310 or 1-800-223-9074
Fax: (302) 422-1346
TTY: (302) 422-1415
DSAAPD, a division of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, assists individuals who are age 65 and older, and adults of all ages who have physical disabilities, to obtain needed AT devices and services. The Division's case managers typically assist qualified individuals in identifying and accessing other AT funding sources to which they are entitled before applying DSAAPD's limited allocation. Eligible applicants should be prepared to:
- Furnish documentation of genuine need for the requested equipment (a written evaluation from the appropriate health care professional or a doctor's prescription are the preferred methods); and
- Provide evidence (such as denial notices from insurers) that the requested device is not available through other sources. Some examples of other sources include Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and Division of Developmental Disabilities Services.
DSAAPD has a Specialized Services Fund (SSF) that provides money for transportation, home modification, and AT devices. Home modification funds may be used to modify the primary residence of a person with a physical disability to allow greater independence within the residence or to improve access to the residence. This fund is intended to be used only when no other funding source is available or sufficient. DSAAPD must also determine that the proposed modification is reasonable and cost effective. The maximum lifetime funds available for any person or residence is $10,000. To access SSF funds, call the appropriate number above and ask for the Intake Unit.
DSAAPD’s Caregiver Assistance program is intended to help families care for older persons (60 and over) at home so they can remain in the community. The program also supports grandparents and older relatives raising children 18 and younger. At this point, the program pays for some limited home modifications (grab bars, lifts, ramps) as a “supplemental service” for those caregivers caring for someone who is 60 and over when that older person needs assistance with at least two activities of daily living (ADL). The program potentially will pay for other types of AT for these caregivers, as long as it helps them support the cared for person in the community. The contact numbers are the same as the above numbers for DSAAPD.
DSAAPD administers two Medicaid Waivers: Elderly and Disabled and Assisted Living. Refer to the Medicaid section for further information.