Finding Publicly Funded Services

The purpose of this paper is to:

  1. provide an overview of how publicly available services are funded,
  2. describe core programs, and
  3. address qualification criteria to obtain services

In order to obtain publicly funded services, it is important that patients, family members, and caregivers understand what these services are and how they are funded. Although there has been an increased in services for the elderly and disabled persons, the need for services continues to be greater than available programs.

This papers aims to provide a general guidance about some of the main publicly funded services. Although this roadmap is modeled after services available in the state of Florida, it can be helpful to consumers in other states as it shows how services flow down from the federal government to the local level.

(Chart provided courtesy of: Elder Options)

First , it is important to note that the availability of services depends on two crucial factors:

  1. Availability of funds, and
  2. Meeting the eligibility criteria for services (each program has its own set of criteria).

Second, it is crucial to understand that although programs use the same resources, each program is managed independently from each other and therefore, quantity and quality of services differ by area. Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind while looking for services is to be persistent and patient. Most likely patients and/or their caregivers will have to call around before finding a service or program that meets their need.

Finally, it is important to note that getting placed on waiting lists is part of the process, as there is only so many resources available. These lists are not usually based on a "first come, first served" basis, and waiting lists are usually based on the need of the care receiver.

Elderly Services

Aged & Disabled Adults Waiver Medicaid Waiver

Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative (ADI)

Alzheimer’s Disease Medicaid Waiver

Assisted Living for the Elderly Waiver

Community Care for the Elderly (CCE)

Home Care for the Elderly (HCE)

Nursing Home Diversion

Older American Act (OAA)

Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE)


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College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida