What is the Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP)?

The Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP) is managed by California's Department of Health Care Services.  The program is designed to help Medi-Cal recipients stay in an assisted living facility instead of living in a skilled nursing facility; Medi-Cal funding pays for care delivered in the assisted living setting.

RCFEs must be enrolled in the program to receive payment from the government for the services they provide to the resident.  And residents must be enrolled in the program to received care from the ALWP provider.  

The ALWP pays for care delivered by the RCFE, but residents are responsible for paying for their room and board costs. Resident's receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can use their SSI money to help pay for room and board.  To find out more about eligibility, enrollment and a list of approved facilities in San Diego County,  click here.

To assist you in locating San Diego facilities participating in the ALWP,  Choose Well site provides participating ALWP facilities with the opportunity to provide this important information on their Facility Profile Page.