Alternative Community Service

The Alternative Community Service Program, commonly referred to as “Medicaid Waiver” is a Medicaid funded program which provides services and supports for individuals so they may live in the community and not institutions or nursing homes.  The ACS program is based on a Multi-Agency Plan of Services (MAPS) that provides each program participant with an individualized plan of services and supports to meet their unique needs. Two services available through the ACS program are case management and direct services.


Case Management assists individuals in developing their Multi-Agency Plan of Services as well as accessing, coordinating and monitoring the identified services and supports needed.  These services may include:

  • Transportation
  • Psychological Consultation
  • Therapy Consultation
  • Nursing Consultation
  • Nutritional Consultation
  • Adaptive Equipment needs and aids
  • Environmental modifications
  • Specialized medical supplies


Direct Services is coordinated by a designated ACS Supervisor who is responsible for developing a schedule for UCP employees to provide the needed level of support each individual requires. Staff is selected by the ACS recipient and will provide the following support:

  • Supported living
  • Respite care


Case managers assist ACS supervisors by monitoring the quality of Direct Services provided through visits to the home and conversations with the ACS recipient. ACS supervisors coordinate information and training needs of staff through the UCP Director of Compliance and Staff Development.

UCP’s professional staff of case managers and supervisors design integrated support services meet to the needs of the individuals served by the organization.


Alternative Community Services are provided throughout the state of Arkansas.