Assisted Living Waiver Program (ALWP)


Assisted living bridges the gap between independent living and nursing home. It provides personal support and services to provide more intensive care than is available through home care services or in home support services.  Assisted living typically offers assistance with the activities of daily living and ensures residents have access to staff 24 hours a day.  It also is less expensive and less restrictive than a nursing home. The Assisted Living Waiver (ALW) program is one long-term care option for Medi-Cal recipients and offers an alternative to nursing facility placement. The program is a combination federal/state funded program that allows eligible individuals to reside in and receive services from a California licensed Residential Care Facility.
The goal of the Assisted Living Waiver (ALW) program is to enable low-income, Medi-Cal eligible seniors and persons with disabilities, who would otherwise require Skilled Nursing Facility services, to remain in or relocate to a community setting in a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) or Assisted Living Facilities (ALF).  This program is in partnership with the California State Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and funded with Medi-Cal funds. Residents pay monthly for room and board from their income to reside in an assisted living facility that participates in the program. (Monthly room and board fee ranges from: $1059.00 to $1079.00/monthly.  Rates subject to change per SSI rates)
For further information on the Medi-Cal Assisted Living Waiver Program please click here
Star Nursing is an approved Care Coordination Agency (CCA) providing an alternative to long-term placement in Skilled Nursing Facilities serving all approved counties:
  • Alameda
  • Contra Costa
  • Fresno
  • Kern
  • Los Angeles
  • Orange
  • Riverside
  • Sacramento
  • San Bernardino
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Joaquin
  • Santa Clara
  • San Mateo
  • Sonoma
** If you do not see your county listed, and you are interested in relocating to one of the approved county above, Star Nursing can assist.

Who is eligible for ALWP?

  • Must be enrolled or have applied for Medi-Cal
  • Eligible for Medi-Cal with no share of cost
  • 21 years of age or older with a disability
  • Eligible for nursing home level of care
  • Requires some assistants with Activity of Daily Living (ADL’s)

Care Coordination & Nursing Facility Transition Community Living

Star Nursing Case Management team is ready to assist with transiting participants from Nursing homes, hospitals, home or another Assistant Living Facility that is not on our approval list.

Our Care Coordination Services include:

  • Identifying
  • Assessing
  • Organizing
  • Coordinating
  • Monthly monitoring
We offer a personal approach
  • Person/Patient centered
  • Individualized plan of care
  • Education provided to facility and caregivers
  • On-going relationships with family members and administrators
  • Monthly assessments, re-evaluations, medication management
  • Comprehensive re-assessment every 6 months by a Registered Nurse
  • Special cases: Adult Protective Services (APS) or Homeless
Star Nursing Case Management Team of experience Registered Nurses and License Social Workers assisting every step of the way!

Important notice: 

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has implemented a wait list for the program beginning May 22, 2017. If you believe you meet all of the requirements, and would like to be added to the ALW Statewide waitlist, please complete the Waitlist Request Form and email it to
Tell us about yourself, please complete the pre-screening form here.
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