Medicaid Clients

Community Care Services Program (CCSP)

If you are elderly and/or functionally impaired or have disabilities, a waiver program such as a Community Care Services Program (CCSP) may help you return to the community from a nursing home or remain in your own home or community, or the home of a caregiver, as long as possible.

The Next Step
To find out if you qualify and to apply for CCSP, please contact the Area Agency on Aging (below) serving your area:

Northwest Georgia RDC (Rome) 800-759-2963
Legacy Link, Inc. (Gainesville) 800-845-5465
Atlanta Regional Commission (Atlanta) 404-463-3100
Southern Crescent RDC (Franklin) 866-854-5652
Northeast GA RDC (Athens) 800-474-7540
Lower Chattahoochee RDC (Columbus) 800-249-7468
Middle Georgia RDC (Macon) 888-548-1456
Central Savannah River RDC (Augusta) 888-922-4464
Heart of Georgia Altamaha RDC (Baxley) 888-367-9913
Southwest Georgia Council on Aging (Albany) 800-282-6612
Southeast Georgia RDC (Waycross) 888-732-4464
Coastal Georgia (Brunswick) 800-580-6860

You must be eligible for Medicaid and meet basic intake requirements:

  • Qualify for the level of care provided by a nursing home;
  • Have limitations which make it difficult to perform normal daily living activities and live independently; and
  • Have health needs that can be met in the community with services offered by the program and within established individual cost guidelines. The individual cost is estimated based on the projected care plan.

Medicaid Home and Community-Based Waiver Programs

Waiver programs help people who are elderly or have disabilities and need help to live in their home or community instead of an institution such as a nursing home or ICFMR.

Each program offers several “core” services:

  • Service coordination (help with managing care needs and services)
  • Personal support (assistance with daily living activities, i.e. bathing, dressing,
    meals and housekeeping)
  • Home health services (nursing, home health aide, and occupational, physical and speech therapy)
  • Emergency response systems
  • Respite care (caregiver relief)

Sometimes people may meet the criteria to receive Medicaid services under a waiver program, but may not receive services immediately.  Funding for the programs is limited, and only a certain number of people can receive services based on available funds.

SOURCE (Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment)

In specified areas of the state, a program called SOURCE, links primary medical care with many long-term health services in a person’s home or community to prevent hospital and nursing home care or speed the return to the community from a nursing home or hospital.

SOURCE serves frail elderly and disabled Georgians who are eligible for SSI/Medicaid (Supplemental Security Income).
People under the age of 65 are eligible if they have a significant disability and are receiving SSI/Medicaid. An assessment helps to determine how much care a participant needs. An individual care plan is designed based on the need for medical monitoring and assistance with functional tasks. Family members and other informal caregivers as well as staff from support agencies participate in care plans. In addition to the core services, SOURCE offers home delivered meals, adult day health care, personal care home and 24-hour medical access. The program is currently available in the Albany, Atlanta, Augusta, Baxley/Hinesville, Blue Ridge, Columbus, Gainesville, Sandersville, Savannah and Waycross areas, and participants must be a resident of one of the 117 counties served by the program. There is no waiting list for the SOURCE program.

To apply for SOURCE, call the number listed below for the program serving your county:

Albany - Albany ARC

Counties: Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Colquitt, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, Terrell, Thomas, Worth Counties

Atlanta - Atlanta SOURCE
DeKalb, Fulton Counties
Blue Ridge - United Health System - Pruitt

Butts, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Douglas, Fannin, Fayette,

Gilmer, Gwinnett, Henry, Lumpkin, Murray, Paulding, Pickens,

Rockdale, Towns, Union Counties

Butler - SOURCE Care Management

Bibb, Bleckley, Burke, Columbia, Crawford, Crisp, Dodge,

Dooly, Glascock, Greene, Hancock, Harris, Houston, Jefferson,

Johnson, Lauren, Lincoln, McDuffie, Macon, Marion, Peach, Pulaski,

Quitman, Randolph, Richmond, Schley, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot,

Taliaferro, Taylor, Twiggs, Upson, Warren, Washington, Webster,
Wilkes, Wilkinson Counties

Columbus-Columbus Regional Healthcare System
Chattahoochee, Harris, Muscogee Counties
Gainesville-Legacy Link, Inc.

Banks, Dawson, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart,

Stephens, White Counties

Savannah-Candler Health System

Appling, Bacon, Bryan, Bulloch, Chatham, Effingham, Evans, Jeff

Davis, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Tattnall, Toombs

Waycross-Diversified Resources, Inc.

Atkinson, Ben Hill, Berrien, Brantley, Brooks, Camden,

Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Cook, Echols, Glynn, Irwin, Lanier,

Lowndes, Pierce, Tift, Turner, Ware, Wilcox


For more information, please call 404-651-6889.

If you’re not sure what Medicaid covers, ask your provider or call the Georgia Health Partnership at 770-570-3373 (Metro Atlanta) or 866-211-0950 (Statewide).