Individual & Family Services

The Individual and Family Services Program supports families who are caring for a family member with a developmental disability in their home. The program provides families with some of the supports necessary to keep eligible individuals at home with parents or relatives. Families may receive the following services:

  • Respite care
  • Therapies
  • Architectural and vehicular modifications
  • Equipment and supplies
  • Specialized nutrition and clothing
  • Excess medical costs not covered by another source
  • Co-pays for medical and therapeutic services
  • Transportation
  • Training
  • Counseling
  • Behavior support
  • Parent/Sibling education
  • Recreational opportunities

IFS allocations are determined based on an assessment of need. The IFS annual allocations are:

  • Level 1 up to $1,200
  • Level 2 up to $1,800
  • Level 3 up to $2,400
  • Level 4 up to $3,600

UPDATE (April 24, 2015):

The state-only IFS program is transitioning to a federal waiver program. It’s expected to begin in late May, but the date is dependent on approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Indivuduals currently on the state-only program will transition at the date of their annual assessment. Individuals enrolling after the implementation of the new program will recieve services through the IFS waiver. For information on what this looks like, visit Changes Ahead.

If a client of DDA lives in the family home, is income eligible for SSI, and assessed to qualify for IFS services, s/he can choose a cash benefit alternative, called SSP in lieu of IFS. For more information, visit our SSP page.


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