Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment (SOURCE)

Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment (SOURCE) links primary medical care and case management with approved long-term health services in a person’s home or community. All SOURCE clients must be eligible for full Medicaid and meet nursing home level of care.  SOURCE operates under authority of the Georgia Elderly and Disabled 1915c Medicaid Waiver and provides Home-and Community-Based Services to frail elderly and physically disabled people who meet the Intermediate Nursing Home Level of Care.

At the end of 2016, more than 18,000 people were enrolled in the SOURCE program. A comprehensive assessment determines eligibility and how much care a participant needs. An individual care path 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 paths. In addition to core services, SOURCE offers personal support services, assisted living services, extended home health, home delivered meals, adult day health care, emergency response services and 24-hour medical access to a case manager and primary care physician.

SOURCE Eligibility Guidelines

  • Must be a Medicaid Member
  • Must be 65 years of age or older
  • If under the age of 65, must be physically disabled
  • Monthly Gross Income Limit $2349/month
    For married applicants and spouse is not applying only the income in the name of the applicant is counted
    When one spouse is not applying, as much as $3216/month can be shifted to the nonapplicant spouse to provide them with livable income
  • The value of an individual’s resources or assets must be less than $2000
  • Couples can retain up to $3000
    If only one spouse applies, the non applicant spouse can have up to $128,640.  Plus the $2000 from the applicant
    Asset limit excludes the applicant’s life insurance policy up to $1500, primary vehicle and value of home equity-up to $595,000 – if they live in that home, household goods and personal items.
    Asset limit includes total cash on hand, bank accounts, liquid investments, retirement accounts.
    Individuals spouse (not applying) retirement account is not included and can permitted to retain up to $128,60 in financial resources.