(All ages)

Pat Smith, Family Support Coordinator

Providing funding for families to support the extra expenses experienced when caring for individuals with developmental disabilities, Family Services monies can be applied for:

• Respite care for the family member with a disability

• Professional services for an individual with a disability

• Medical services not covered by public or private insurance 

• Transportation and other costs associated with accessing medical or professional services

• Assistive Technology

• Home modification

• Parent and sibling support

Supporting families as primary caregivers of individuals with disabilities, our FSSP goals are to:

• reduces, delays or prevents out-of-home placement which are unwanted by the person or family, and support, as appropriate, returning the person to the home and support

• reduces the added stress on families as a result of supporting a family member with a
developmental disability in the home
• provides flexible and responsive services and supports which are easily accessible and chosen by families who provide care 

• promotes family choice and local decision-making

• encourages and supports community participation for persons with developmental disabilitiesServices may be provided on an ongoing or emergency basis.  Children under 5 may be eligible if they have a documented developmental delay as evidenced by having an Individualized Family Support Plan (0-3) or Individualized Education Plan (3-4).  Individuals aged 5 and above must meet the eligibility criteria for developmental disabilities.  

Family Support Services