The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is offering a new waiver service called Specialized Habilitation. Specialized Habilitation can help you create healthy relationships, adapt to challenges, and improve your overall quality of life.
To help give you an idea of what to expect, the following examples show some of the skills that Specialized Habilitation can help you build within each category:
Building self-esteem and confidence
Reflecting on personal values and skills
Adjusting behavior to reach goals and handle problems
Safety Awareness & Self Advocacy
Safely navigating life online and in the community
Learning about sexuality and healthy personal relationships
Learning to say no, or asking for what is needed
Interpersonal Effectiveness & Effective Social Communication
Developing listening skills
Balancing goals with ‘wants’ and ‘shoulds’
Learning how to uphold and maintain personal values
Coping Strategies for Everyday Life Challenges
Missing the bus
Adjusting to a new caregiver, roommate or family member
Moving to a new home
Learning New Skills
Ordering food in a restaurant
Shopping and paying for things
Paying bills and managing money
Specialized Habilitation is for anyone enrolled in the Individual and Family Services (IFS)*, Basic Plus, Children’s Intensive In-Home Behavior Support (CIIBS) or Core waiver (and not receiving residential habilitation services).
Unlike behavioral health services, no diagnosis is required; service plans are focused on specific goals the person wants to work on.
Contact your DDA Case Resource Manager to see how Specialized Habilitation supports can help you meet your goals.
*This is a waiver service only. Individuals enrolled in the IFS state-only program are not eligible.
Specialized Habilitation (PDF)