The new Individual & Family Services (IFS) waiver brings some basic changes for families who have used the old IFS program to pay for recreational and therapeutic programs offered by local community organizations:
- Waiver IFS now covers services by contracted Community Respite providers only. Tuition and fees are not covered and there are no reimbursements to parents.
- If you want the state to pay for a community recreational or therapeutic program, the program must have a Community Respite contract with DDA. Please ask the program to contact DDA to obtain the appropriate contract or for further information.
A Comparison of Old vs New
Old IFS Program
- Recreational fees and tuition are covered.
- Person or family pays the program fee. DDA reimburses.
- Camp or program has a Recreational Opportunity Contract.
New IFS Waiver
- Fees and tuition are NOT covered, but hours of respite provided by the program are.
- Cost of pre-approved service is paid directly to the provider.
- Provider must have a Community Respite Contract.
What to Do
- Ask your community recreational or therapeutic program if they have a Community Respite contract with DDA. This is different from a Recreational Opportunity contract used under the old IFS program.
- If they DO NOT have a Community Respite contract, or if they have a Recreational Opportunity Contract used under the old IFS program:
- ask them to consider becoming a Community Respite provider;
- give them the attached bulletin, which explains how Respite in the Community works, and who to call for information on becoming a provider.
- If they DO have a contract to provide respite, contact your son/daughter’s DDA case manager and ask for pre-approval. Pre-approval is REQUIRED by DDA, and will assure the community program that payment will be made.