NC Innovations Waiver

The North Carolina Innovations Waiver provides services and supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to have a life in the community of their choice, which includes where they live, how they spend their day, have fun and build relationships.

Waivers provide access to Medicaid funding for eligible individuals for whom states may "waive" certain Medicaid requirements. NC Innovations allows funding to provide community-based services and supports that promote choice, control and community integration as an alternative to institutional care. To be eligible for Innovations services, you must be eligible for or have Medicaid and be at risk for institutional care in an Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID).

This website provides information to assist you in understanding and using NC Innovations services.

Waiver Technical Amendment

In July 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved an amendment to the NC Innovations Waiver. Service changes under this amendment were implemented on November 1, 2016.

Members: Information and tips to assist members in accessing services.

Providers: Cardinal Innovations Healthcare maintains web pages designed specifically to assist our providers in delivering the best services to members and their families.

Services: NC Innovations covers specific services for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. Continue to check this page for updated services.

Individual Budgeting Tool: The Individual Budgeting Tool is a tool in the planning process to guide the discussion about needed services in a way that allows for flexibility and choice​.

Individual and Family Directed Services: NC Innovations offers members and families the opportunity to direct part, or all, of their services through several different options.

Publications: Cardinal Innovations offers a variety of publications to assist members, their families and providers in accessing services, including the individual and Family guide for NC Innovations.

​Our informational materials for members are periodically updated. Please refer to the member materials posted on our website for the most current information. If you have questions or would like to request printed member materials, please call our Community Partners department at 1-800-357-9084.