Individual Options (IO) Waiver

What is the Individual Option (IO) Waiver in Ohio?

The IO Waiver gives you the choice to control your own services using participant-direction. Participant-direction allows you to remain in your own home and community—and get the support you need.  

With IO, you get a comprehensive choice of many different services included in your plan. This can be helpful if you need a lot of support. (If you only need a little support, look into the Level 1 Waiver.) You can choose the services that fit best with your needs and life. You can also hire people you trust to provide your support—even friends and family. If you want, you can choose a representative to handle everything for you. 

The goal is for you to decide how and where you’re supported. And who delivers that support.

Who the IO Waiver Serves 

  • People of any age with developmental disabilities who: 

With IO, You Can… 

  • Hire people you know and trust to provide support, including friends and family 
  • Be in charge of your budget   
  • Decide when and where you should get support 
  • Choose what services you need 
  • Train your own support providers 
  • Decide on pay for your support providers 
  • Create schedules and sign off on time sheets 
  • Choose a representative to handle things for you 

How GT Independence Supports You

At GT Independence, we believe you should be able to live life on your own terms. As a family-owned and disability-led financial management service (FMS), we’ve sat on your side of the table. And our goal is to make it easy and convenient for you to control who delivers your support and how that support is delivered.

As your advocates for participant-direction, we’re here to help you live the life you choose. We do this by:

  • An online portal with easy-to-read reports 
  • A simple enrollment process for you and your support providers
  • An app to track time and submit timesheets 
  • An online support provider directory 
  • Dedicated support specialists who know and understand you and your program
  • Tax specialists on hand to file your taxes for you
  • More than 15 years supporting families  
  • CARF accredited financial management services (FMS)

Want to get started?

Have questions about managing your own services with IO? Contact our Ohio support specialists to learn how to get started.

Email: customerservice@gtindependence.com
Phone (toll-free): 877.659.4500