Liberty of Oklahoma (Liberty), in partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS), is on track to clear the 13-year Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waitlist within just two years. In collaboration Liberty of Oklahoma Corporation, the state is on track to alleviate the burden faced by over 5,100 individuals seeking essential services. This partnership has already yielded remarkable results, with hundreds of applicants receiving the support they urgently need.
To facilitate this substantial undertaking, the legislature appropriated $32.5 million in May 2022 and an additional $10 million in 2023, underscoring the state’s commitment to resolving the DDS waitlist and providing essential support to provider organizations.
The collaboration between the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and Liberty of Oklahoma Corporation began on September 1, 2021, with the goal of completing the needed assessments by the end of calendar year 2022. The goal was reached and the data obtained from these assessments was instrumental in developing a comprehensive cost model for full funding of services for all individuals currently on the waitlist. Additionally, DHS intends to modernize the developmental disability HCBS service array to provide better and more efficient services.
Liberty’s Person-Centered Care
At the heart of Liberty of Oklahoma’s success lies the commitment to person-centered care. Understanding that every individual is unique and has specific needs, they tailor services to meet these requirements effectively. By fostering a supportive environment that prioritizes the dignity and autonomy of those they serve, Liberty of Oklahoma empowers individuals with IDD to lead fulfilling lives.
As Liberty of Oklahoma Corporation continues to work diligently towards the goal of eliminating the 13-year waitlist entirely, there is hope that more individuals with IDD will soon have access to the vital HCBS services they require. The strides taken by all parties involved serve as a shining example of what can be achieved when public and private entities come together to address crucial societal issues.
Liberty of Oklahoma is a subsidiary company of Liberty Healthcare Corporation.