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Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals (CADI)

Page posted: 10/01/03

Page reviewed: 12/22/10

Page updated: 2/19/13

Legal Authority

Federally approved CADI Waiver Plan, Minn. Stat. §256B.49


Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals (CADI) Waiver: Home and community-based services necessary as an alternative to institutionalization that promote the optimal health, independence, safety and integration of a person who would otherwise require the level of care provided in a nursing facility.


CADI Waiver Eligibility

To be eligible for the CADI Waiver, a person must choose the CADI Waiver and meet all of the following criteria:

1. Eligible for Medical Assistance (MA).
2. Certified disabled by Social Security or the State Medical Review Team (SMRT) process.
3. Under the age of 65 years at time of opening to the waiver.
4. Determined by the case manager/service coordinator to need nursing facility level of care.
5. Has an assessed need for supports and services over and above those available through the MA State plan.

Nursing Facility Level of Care criteria

To meet the requirements for a Nursing Facility Level of Care DHS-3361 (PDF), a person must demonstrate the need for assistance because of one or more of the following:

  • • Need for restorative and rehabilitative or other special treatment
  • • Unstable health
  • • Need for complex care management
  • • Functional limitation
  • • Existence of complicating conditions
  • • Cognitive or behavioral condition
  • • Frailty or vulnerability
  • Covered Services

    Click on one of the following CADI Waiver services to link to the policy/program page for the service. For billing information, see Waiver Billing and Rates.

    Local Waiver Program Administration

    Local county or tribal administration acting as agents for the state Medicaid agency, and the Department of Human Services (DHS), have many responsibilities. Click here to view State and County or Tribe Responsibilities for Waiver Management.

    CADI/BI Waiver Waiting and Planning Lists Guide

    Waiver Forms

    To access a comparison grid of forms applicable across and/or specific to waiver programs, click on Required Waiver Forms.

    Process and Procedure

    Additional resources

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