Moms In Motion And At Home Your Way navigate families through a complex system.
Founded in 2009, Moms In Motion and At Home Your Way has provided over 26,000 individuals with services and resources in the state of Virginia. The organization offers individuals and families support by providing resources, information, engaging in advocacy through community- and state-wide networks, and by assisting people in navigating the Medicaid waiver system. It is the largest consumer-directed provider in Virginia, currently servicing approximately 11,000 families. Moms In Motion serves the children, while At Home Your Way helps the adult population.
Keri Ayres-Coutts, founder, is a mother of a child that was diagnosed with a disability. Over the years, she researched all the resources available to assist her and her child. During this research, Ayers learned about waivers and since then has shared that knowledge with others. Initially, she provided information from her home, but grew the business to help spread important information and to assist families.
Moms In Motion can help families that are feeling overwhelmed. Specifically, if a family has obtained a diagnosis and needs assistance. “We can help them know where to turn, how to prepare, and what to expect in the process. Our clients will never see a bill from Moms In Motion and At Home Your Way. We will connect them with resources based on their individual needs and the needs of the caretaker,” Shalini Mikos, community outreach and engagement for Moms In Motion and At Home Your Way, said.
Parents who care for children with special needs sometimes do not seek support, or may not realize there is support available. “It can be hard for families to admit they do need help and that their family members cannot do certain things on their own. They want to highlight and exaggerate the positives while downplaying or even eliminating the negatives,” Mikos said. “We will help families through this process by assuring parents and caregivers that it is okay to share their worst days, because this will help them get the benefits you and your loved one truly need.”
Mikos added that there are several types waivers available that can provide assistance to caregivers: Developmental Disability (DD) waiver, Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus (CCC+) waiver, and the Early Periodic Screening Diagnostic and Treatment Program (EPSDT).
She mentioned that the DD waiver requires a diagnosis of a developmental disability or delay by the age of 22. “This is the most sought-after waiver as it provides the most resources. It also has a waitlist which is prioritized by need, not how long someone has been on the waitlist. So, some people are on this waitlist for nine years and someone else who has been on the waitlist for nine months will get approved first because their need is higher,” Mikos detailed.
The CCC+ waiver has no waitlist at this time, but it has a different approval process and requires a list of criteria to be met. Mikos shared that both the DD and the CCC+ waivers are dependent on the individual with the disability income level – yes, individual not the family or household income. “This means that a child, adult, or elder who does not bring in an income will be approved based on their need,” she said.
“Additionally, if the individual qualifies for typical Medicaid but not the waivers and is under the age of 21, they can get screened for the EPSDT program,” Mikos added.
Moms In Motion and At Home Your Way work with clients to help them utilize benefits available to them, especially for respite care or other services. For more information, call 800-417-0908, or visit momsinmotion.net.
“The entire process of applying and getting approved for a waiver can take six to eight weeks,” Mikos noted. “At Moms In Motion and At Home Your Way, we make sure that families and clients feel supported through the entire process. Our staff is passionate about our mission because we are caretakers ourselves.”