MFTD Waiver Families

Support for families of children in the Medically Fragile, Technology Dependent Waiver

Evaluations and Point Systems

Illinois currently uses the Level of Care assessment to determine eligibility for the MFTD program. It is performed every 6-12 months to ensure a child remains eligible. Children must score at least 50 on this tool, and points must be awarded for technology. Click here to view a blank version of the Level of Care Tool, and here to view the manual for scoring it. 

Previously, the state had been conducting a second medical assessment using the MNNS checklist and an outside vendor to award "budgets" instead of a number of nursing care hours. Due to a lawsuit now in settlement talks, the state is no longer using this system. As this lawsuit progresses, we will keep everyone updated on changes in this process. Click here to the view a blank version of the MNNS-RA. This comprehensive manual goes over the process of scoring the tool and awarding a budget/hours. Finally, this document provides a chart of the budget that is awarded for each score.

Note that under this pending lawsuit, the state is not allowed the reduce the hours/budget of any child currently receiving home nursing. However, we have received reports that budgets are being reduced as children are transferred from the NPCS program to the MFTD program, and that budgets are beginning to be reduced for children currently in the MFTD waiver. Attorney Bob Farley has filed a document alleging the state has willfully violated the judge's orders.