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family support 360

Family Support 360 serves people with developmental disabilities. This program assists participants and their families in getting the services they need to live as independently as possible in the community.
 

Vision Statement

Broadening opportunities for people with developmental disabilities across the lifespan.
 

FS360 Brochure

What is Family Support?

Family Support is not a single service, but rather a flexible constellation of services and supports which are customized to meet the varied and changing needs of each participant and family. A family support program recognizes and values the contribution of natural or informal supports such as extended family members, friends, neighbors, church congregations, and community organizations. In addition to utilizing natural supports, a family support program helps participants and families to access existing formalized services such as the Child Care Assistance Program, Children's Miracle Network, Energy Assistance, Children's Special Health Services, Home-Based Services, Independent Living Centers, etc.

A family support coordinator assists participants to identify and access a broad range of natural and formalized services to meet their identified needs. One of the "hats" frequently worn by the family support coordinator is that of advocate on behalf of the participant. The role of advocacy is best accomplished by someone independent of any agency or entity that might also be providing services for a participant. Otherwise, a family support coordinator might be placed in the precarious position of advocating for the desires of a participant that are in direct conflict with the desires of one's employer.

Another very essential tenet of a family support coordinator is a pool of flexible funds that can be utilized to purchase services for supports not otherwise available and to assist participants with extraordinary expenses. For example, rather than establishing a formal program to provide for home modifications, the flexible funds might be utilized to purchase the needed modifications from private contractors.

In lay terms, family support is often conveyed in the phrase "whatever it takes" to maintain and strengthen the participant's ability to remain in their own home. Families receiving family support services often comment that it allows them to "just be a family."

What are the guiding principles of Family Support?

Family Support 360 encourages individual choice to create a unique plan for accessing supports and services.

  • Enhancing the ability to make decisions concerning necessary, desireable, and appropriate services and supports across the lifespan.
  • Reinforcing choices to live and work in the community.
  • Building relationships and developing a role in the community.
  • Recognizing and valuing the contribution of natural or informal supports such as family members, friends, neighbors, church congregations, and community organizations.
  • Encouraging and supporting self-direction.
  • Learning from the families, participants, and professionals.
Family Support 360 is responsive to the needs of people with developmental disabilities.
  • Listening and responding respectively.
  • Assisting during crises and responding to changing needs.
  • Focusing on the needs of the entire family.
  • Advocating for the person and their family.
  • Respecting cultural preferences.
  • Providing, advising, and designing accessibile services.
  • Using public dollars efficiently.
Family Support 360 is a flexible constellation of services and support.
  • Building a budget around the needs of the person.
  • Assisting with changes in services and supports.
  • Exploring community resources and services.
  • Organizing resources in ways that are life-enhancing and meaningful.
  • Utilizing funds to purchase services or supports not otherwise available.
  • Assisting with extraordinary expenses.
Family Support 360 is progressive in the pursuit of helping people live the lives they want.
  • Researching options for services and supports.
  • Meeting needs creatively.
  • Implementing best practices.
  • Treating people equitably.
  • Sustaining Family Support 360 for the future.

Family Support Statewide Programs

The Statewide Family Support Program is designed to assist families who have a child with a developmental disability, age birth to 22. A flexible pool of limited funds is available for eligible families, regardless of income, to use to purchase services or supports that otherwise are not available.

The Statewide Coordinator establishes eligibility for the program from a simple application form that includes documentation of the child's disability. Once eligibility has been established, the Statewide Coordinator will then work with the family over the phone to coordinate the purchase of services or supports that the family needs. The services and supports may include but are not limited to the following:
  • Incontinence supplies
  • Medications
  • Nutritional Supplements
  • Recreational Opportunities
  • Adaptive Equipment
  • Housing Modifications
  • Travel Expenses for Medical Care
  • Vehicle Modifications

The Coordinator pursues other sources before the financial assistance is provided. For example, the local school district's responsibility would need to be ruled out before assistance is provided that could be their responsibility.

The Statewide Family Support Program does not provide service coordination. The Local Family Support Program provides service coordination, a wide array of services, and access to the Family Support 360 Waiver. However, there are limited spots on the Local Family Support Programs. A family will remain on the Statewide Family Support Program while waiting for the opportunity to transfer to a Local Family Support Program.
 

Am I eligible and how do I apply?

Statewide Family Support

  • Must be age birth to 22
  • Diagnosed developmental disability
  • Requires prolonged assistance as determined by the Department of Education for ages birth to three
  • Must live in the family home
  • There are no income guidelines
Statewide Family Support Application

Services Flow Chart

For further information regarding the Statewide Family Support Program, please contact:

John New, Family Support Waiver Manager
Division of Developmental Disabilities
3800 SD Hwy 34, Hillsview Plaza
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605-773-3438
Toll Free: 800-265-9684
Fax: 605-773-7562
Email: john.new@state.sd.us

Local Family Support Program (age birth to 18)

  • Must be eligible for Statewide Family Support Program
  • Must be age birth to 18
  • Diagnosed developmental disability
  • Requires prolonged assistance as determined by the Department of Education for ages birth to three
  • Must live in the family home
  • Allows application to the Family Support 360 Waiver*
Statewide Family Support Application

Local Family Support Programs (age 18 through lifespan)

  • Must be at least 18
  • Diagnosed developmental disability
  • Must live in the family home or own home in the community
  • Must meet eligibility requirements for the Family Support 360 Waiver*
Family Support 360 Application

Family Support 360 Program Contacts

Julie Johnson-Dresbach, Resource Coordinator

Division of Developmental Disabilities

811 E. 10th St. Dept 23

Sioux Falls, SD  57103

Phone: 605-367-5250

Toll Free: 888-510-9388

Fax: 605-367-5327

Email: julie.johnson@state.sd.us

Teri Bukowski, Resource Coordinator

Division of Developmental Disabilities

1310 Main Ave S

Suite 108

Brookings, SD  57006

Phone: 605-688-5103

Toll Free: 877-647-0024

Fax: 605-688-5104

Email: teri.bukowski@state.sd.us

Dona Deal, Resource Coordinator

Division of Developmental Disabilities

2330 N. Maple - Suite 2
Rapid City, SD 57701

Phone: 605-394-2302

Toll Free: 888-895-4502

Fax: 605-394-1659

Email: dona.deal@state.sd.us

Chelsea Lolley, Resource Coordinator

Division of Developmental Disabilities

3800 E Hwy 34 Hillsview Plaza c/o 500 E Captiol Ave.
Pierre, S.D. 57501

Phone: 605-773-3438

Toll Free:1-800-265-9684

Fax: 605-773-7562

Email: Chelsea.Lolley@state.sd.us



View Brochure
 

For further information regarding the Statewide Family Support Program, please contact:

Noemi Van Dusen, Program Specialist

Division of Developmental Disabilities

3800 SD Hwy 34, Hillsview Plaza

Pierre, SD  57501

Phone: 605-773-3438

Toll Free: 800-265-9684

Fax: 605-773-7562

Email: Noemi.VanDusen@state.sd.us

Family Support Local Programs

Local family support programs provide service coordination and financial assistance to participants with developmental disabilities living at home across the lifespan. Local family support programs serve approximately 40 participants. There are 24 local programs in the family support network.

The local family support coordinators assist participants in developing their individualized plans and accessing a broad range of services and supports to meet their needs. The coordinator also provides follow-along support and is available to assist during crises or when the needs of the participant or their family change. Often times, the coordinator will act as an advocate for the participant and their family reducing stress that accompanies this task.

In addition to service coordination and advocacy, participants and their families also receive financial assistance with expenses as identified in the individualized plan. These supports are centered around the entire family, not just the person with the disability. These expenses may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Incontinence Supplies

  • Medications

  • Nutritional Supplements

  • Recreational Opportunities

  • Adaptive Equipment

  • Housing Modifications

  • Respite Care

  • Personal Care

  • Companion Care

  • Supported Employment

  • Travel Expenses for Medical Care

  • Vehicle Modifications

The local family support coordinator pursues other resources before the financial assistance is provided. For example, the local school district's responsibility would need to be ruled out before assistance is provided that could be their responsibility. Often times a combination of resources is used to meet the families' needs.

Family Support Coordinator Contact Information

Western South Dakota Family Support Contacts

Black Hills Family Support Program

PO Box 123

St. Onge, SD 57779

email: mfeist@tie.net

Marlys Feist

605-578-3298

 

Harding, Butte, Meade, and Lawrence counties

Pennington County Family Support

730 E. Watertown St.

Rapid City, SD 57701

email: kmassee@clc.tie.net

Karen Massee

605-394-5120

800-518-0511*

Rapid City and all of Pennington County

Southern Hills Family Support

PO Box 394

Sturgis, SD 57785

email: risraelson@tie.net

Becky Israelson

605-720-1954

800-473-7812*

Custer, Fall River, and Shannon counties

Western Area PLANS

730 E. Watertown St.

Rapid City, SD 57701

email: tmareska@tie.net

Tiffani Mareska

605-394-5120

800-518-0511*

Harding, Butte, Meade, Lawrence, Pennington, Perkins, Custer, Fall River, and Shannon counties

Central South Dakota Family Support Contacts

Central SD Family Support Program

PO Box 421

Mobridge, SD 57601

email: centralsdfamsup@gmail.com

Kristi Heumiller

605-845-2286

877-391-2744*

Perkins, Corson, Campbell, Walworth, Dewey, Ziebach, Stanley, Hughes, Potter counties

West Central Family Support

PO Box 248

Chamberlain, SD 57325

email: jvaverka@dakotamilestones.org

Jason Vaverka

605-734-4094

877-731-8889*

Haakon, Hughes, Stanley, Sully, Jones, Lyman, Jackson, Mellette, Bennett, Todd, and Tripp counties

Central Area PLANS

221 South Central Ave Suite 33

Pierre, SD 57501

email: ncremer@tie.net

Nancy Cremer

605-224-5336

Ext. 523

800-224-9495*

Corson, Campbell, Walworth, Dewey, Ziebach, Stanley, Hughes, Potter, Haakon, Sully, Jackson, Jones, Lyman, Mellette, Bennett, Todd, McPherson, Edmunds, Faulk, Hyde, Hand, Brule, Buffalo, Gregory, and Tripp counties

Northeast South Dakota Family Support Contacts

Aberdeen Area Family Support

PO Box 134

Aberdeen, SD 57402

email: abfamily@abe.midco.net

Tami Leddy-Sederquist

605-216-3359

 

McPherson, Brown, Marshall, Faulk, and Edmunds counties

Northeast Family Support

PO Box 5

Webster, SD 57274

email: kbreske@itctel.com

Kathy Breske

605-345-2413

877-340-2413*

Roberts, Grant, Hamlin, Codington, and Deuel counties

Northeast Family Support 3

202 S. Main St. Suite 511

Aberdeen, SD 57402

email: ne3support@gmail.com

Catherine Diede

605-262-0431

 

Brown, Spink, Day, Clark, Codington, and Hamlin counties

Northeast Area PLANS

202 S. Main St. Suite 510

Aberdeen, SD 57401

email: NEFS360@gmail.com

Marsha Boyd

605-228-0369

 

Brown, Beadle, Spink, Day, Clark, Marshall, Roberts, Grant, Deuel, Codington, and Hamlin counties

East Central South Dakota Family Support Contacts

Brookings Area Family Support

PO Box 8533

Brookings, SD 57006

email: familysupport@advancebkg.com

Nancy Olson

605-695-4644

Brookings, Kingsbury, Miner, Lake, Moody, McCook, and Minnehaha (not including Sioux Falls) counties

Eastern Family Support

C/O Volunteers of America

3520 Gateway Lane

Sioux Falls, SD 57109

email: b.riedel@voa-dakotas.org

Brian Riedel

605-444-6200

Brookings, Kingsbury, Miner, Lake, Moody, McCook, and Minnehaha (not including Sioux Falls) counties

East Central Family Support

PO Box 78

Kimball, SD 57355

email: ecfs@midstatesd.net

Monica Konechne

605-778-6780

888-448-8651

Beadle, Buffalo, Hyde, Hand, Jerauld, Sanborn, Brule, Aurora, Davison, and Hanson counties

East Central Family Support 2

415 E. Kemp Ave. #4

Watertown, SD 57201

email: Julie.Miller@sesdac.org

Julie Miller 605-868-0596  

Mitchell Family Support

PO Box 1265

Mitchell, SD 57301

email: mitchellfs@mitchelltelecom.net

Jessica Lang

605-996-5801

800-456-0728*

Beadle, Buffalo, Hyde, Hand, Jerauld, Sanborn, Brule, Aurora, Davison, and Hanson counties

Southeast Area PLANS

811 E. 10th St

Sioux Falls, SD 57103

email: Emily.Pogue@state.sd.us

Emily Pogue

605-367-5265

800-715-9295*

Kingsbury, Brookings, Jerauld, Sanborn, Miner, Lake, Moody, Aurora, Davison, Hanson, McCook, and Minnehaha counties

Southeast Area PLANS 2

811 E. 10th St.

Sioux Falls, SD 57103

email: chad.hindberg@state.sd.us

Chad Hindberg

605-367-7144

800-715-9295*

Minnehaha

Sioux Falls ONLY Family Support Contacts

Sioux Falls Family Support 1

3200 Gateway Lane

Sioux Falls, SD 57106

email: c.henderson@voa-dakotas.org

Christi Henderson

605-444-6200

Sioux Falls Only

Sioux Falls Family Support 2

3200 Gateway Lane

Sioux Falls, SD 57106

email: c.lamb@voa-dakotas.org

Connie Lamb

605-444-6200

Sioux Falls Only

Sioux Falls Family Support 3

3200 Gateway Lane

Sioux Falls, SD 57106

email: k.julius@voa-dakotas.org

Kathy Julius

605-444-6200

Sioux Falls Only

Sioux Falls Family Support 4

2501 W. 26th St.

Sioux Falls, SD 57105

email: connie.becker@achievesd.org

Connie Becker

605-212-5764

Sioux Falls Only

Sioux Falls Family Support 5

2501 W. 26th St.

Sioux Falls, SD 57105

email: stacy.vanhorssen@achievesd.org

Stacy VanHorssen 605-553-6776 Sioux Falls Only

Sioux Fall Family Support 6

2501 W. 26th St.

Sioux Falls, SD 57501

email: Heidi.Valer@lifescapesd.org

 

Heidi Valer 605-323-7086 Sioux Falls Only

Sioux Fall Family Support 7

2501 W. 26th St.

Sioux Falls, SD 57501

email: e.kavanagh@voa@sesdac.org

Edie Kavanagh 605-444-6200 Sioux Falls Only

Southeast South Dakota Family Support Contacts

Southeast Family Support 1

PO Box 349

Scotland, SD 57059

email: nikki.kavanagh@sesdac.org

Nikki Kavanagh

605-583-3060

888-816-5880*

Yankton, Charles-Mix, Douglas, Hutchinson, Bon Homme, and Gregory counties

Southeast Family Support 3

610 W 23rd Street, Suite 11

Yankton, SD 57078

email: carol.borchard@sesdac.org

Carol Borchard

605-202-0940

Turner, Lincoln, Yankton, Clay, and Union counties

Southeast Family Support Program (4)

908 N West Ave

Sioux Falls, SD  57104

Email: Marissa.Bucher@sesdac.org

Marissa Bucher 605-444-6200 Minnehaha, Turner, Lincoln, Union, Clay, Yankton

Southeast Area PLANS 1

811 E. 10th St.

Sioux Falls, SD 57103

email: emily.pogue@state.sd.us

Emily Pogue

605-367-5265

800-715-9295*

Charles-Mix, Douglas, Hutchinson, Bon Homme, Turner, Yankton, Lincoln, Clay, and Union counties

Southeast Area PLANS 2

811 E. 10th St.

Sioux Falls, SD 57103

email: chad.hindberg@state.sd.us

Chad Hindberg

605-367-7144

800-715-9295*

Charles-Mix, Douglas, Hutchinson, Bon Homme, Turner, Yankton, Lincoln, Clay, and Union counties

Family Support Council

Vision Statement
Broadening opportunities for people with developmental disabilities across the lifespan.

A bill was passed during the 1994 legislative session to create the Family Support Council. The Council was assigned the tasks of assisting in the design, implementation, regulation and evaluation of family support services in South Dakota. The first Council members were appointed the following July.

Their appointment to this Council makes them a voice for many families, not just their own. Council members are appointed with an attempt to maintain representation across the state. The Council continues to function through Executive Order of the Governor of South Dakota.

The Council is composed of fifteen members who are adults with developmental disabilities or family members of people with developmental disabilities. The Council continues to assist in development, implementation, and evaluation of family support services in South Dakota.

Family members of children with developmental disabilities and adults with developmental disabilities are encouraged to contact Council members to share personal experiences and what they believe is needed for family support services.

The Council meets quarterly in various locations within the state. The Council meetings are open meetings and the public is encouraged to attend. Inquires regarding Council membership, or if you wish to serve on the Council contact the Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities at 1-800-265-9684 or by Email: John.New @state.sd.us
 

Council Members

Deborah Docken – Chair – Sioux Falls
Jennifer Carda – Vice Chair – Tabor
Lynne Rick – Secretary – Yankton

Shelley Means – Rosebud
Patricia Norin – Brandon
Darci Bible – Pierre
Elizabeth Brown – Clear Lake
Christie Hainje – Dell Rapids
Rhiannon Town – Roslyn
Diane Baumiller – Parkston
Lori Larson – Rapid City
Debra Graff – Sioux Falls
Kevin Waterman – Sioux Falls
Keven Moulton – Rapid City
Sarah Carlson – Canton
Lindsey Madsen – Harrisburg
Julie Johnson Dresbach – Sioux Falls
John New – Pierre

Council Meetings

Please visit the South Dakota Boards and Commissions Portal for greater detail on Family Support Council meetings, agendas, notes, etc.

Schedule of Council Meetings:

2016
The Family Support Council will meet in 2016 as follows:

  • March 18-19, Sioux Falls
  • June 24-25, Chamberlain
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 1, Rapid City
  • Dec. 9-10, Pierre

If you would like additional information about the Family Support Council, please contact John New at 800-265-9684 or visit its page on the S.D. Boards and Commissions Portal.

What are other available resources for people with disabilities?

Federal Departments and Agencies

Department of Education

Department of Labor

Administration on Developmental Disabilities

Department of Transportation

Social Security Administration

Centers for Disease Control

National Council on Disability

National Organization of Disabilities


National Legislators

Senator Mike Rounds

Senator John Thune

Representative Kristi Noem

State Departments and Agencies

State of SD Homepage

State Legislators

Legislative Research Council

South Dakota Advocacy Services

Sout Dakota Advocacy

Other Disability Organizations

Center for Parent Information and Resources

South Dakota Center for Disabilities  This business is part of the Sanford School of Medicine.  People also call it the Center for Excellence.  Every state has a Center like this.  They work for people with disabilities, and they also focus on education and research.
South Dakota Parent Connection

 

PLANS Advisory Group Resources

Read one person's story about learning to drive and getting a driver's license.

Learning to Drive: A Guide for Parents

This link will take you to the handbook.  It is made for parents of teenagers.  It can also be helpful for people becoming drivers for the first time.

South Dakota Driver Licensing Program

This link is to the South Dakota Driver Licensing Program Manual.

QUIA Driver Education

This link is for a quiz online.  It can be used to get you ready for your driver's license test.  Questions are about the information in the South Dakota Driver's Manual.

Easter Seals Project ACTION

Easter Seals Project ACTION was originally commissioned by Congress in 1988 as a research and demonstration project to improve access to public transportation for people with disabilities. With the passage of the ADA two years later, their goals expanded to help transportation operators implement the law's transportation provisions.  Funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, Easter Seals Project ACTION promotes cooperation between the transportation industry and the disability community to increase mobility for people with disabilities under the ADA and beyond. They offer numerous resources, as well as training and technical assistance, in an effort to make the ADA work for everyone, everyday.  Almost two decades after their creation, their goal - and their name - remains unchanged: Accessible Community Transportation In Our Nation (ACTION).

Buses and Trains for Everyone

Buses and Trains for Everyone curriculum is developed with support from Easter Seals Project ACTION to teach concepts and skills needed to use public transportation. Targeted to children grades K-8, Buses and Trains for Everyone is now available to schools across the country. This curriculum is targeted to students with disabilities but can be used by anyone learning to use public transportation. Transportation is key to independence. Buses and Trains for Everyone teaches safety, travel etiquette, manners, and life and problem-solving skills. The curriculum includes alternative assessment standards for children with severe disabilities.

Maps for South Dakota's Transit Service Providers

This link provides contact information and coverage maps for South Dakota's transit service providers.

Title XIX Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Program

This link provides information about the Title XIX Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Program.  This program provides assistance for non-emergency medical transportation needs of eligible TitleXIX Medicaid recipients.

SSA Definitions

SSA Procedure for Other Transportation Situations

Fact:  Individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) may have impairment-related items that you require in order to work.  This is called an Impairment Related Work Expense or IRWE.  The purpose of the IRWE work incentive is to enable you to recover some of your costs of expenses needed to support your work incurred as a result of your disability.  In some cases, transportation may be an impairment Related Work Expense. The following two links provide information from the Social Security Administration (SSA) about transportation.  If you have questions about this, please contact the Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Program at 1-800-224-5336.

Housing
Please follow the link for a new resource from the DD Council.  This booklet, called "Explore the Possibilities - Home Ownership for People with Limited Incomes in South Dakota," describes options for owning a home in South Dakota.

http://dhs.sd.gov/ddc/housing.aspx

 

Family Strengthening

More and more people with developmental disabilities are getting married and raising a family.  The group has searched for resources to support people with this choice.  In addition, the group discussed the importance of providing information to people with disabilities about healthy relationships.  Listed below are links to several helpful resources in these areas.  Each of the Coordinators also has resources that they can give to participants of the Family Support 360 Program.

The following link provides a resource developed by the Wisconsin Council on Developmental Disabilities http://www.wcdd.org/Publications/cultivating_competence.pdf.  This document features 11 states that offer supportive parenting programs.  It gives a brief history of each program, description of the program, what type of staff is involved and the funding source.  This document may be helpful for service providers and state agencies looking for models to develop a program within their area. 

A new National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families has been established under Through the Looking Glass, a non-profit organization founded in 1982.  The Center will oversee several national research studies concerning parents with disabilities and their families, as well as provide consultations, trainings and publications to parents, family members and professionals.  The new Center will focus its research and resource activities on four critical areas that impact parents with disabilities: custody, family roles and personal assistance; paratransit and intervention with parents with cognitive disabilities and their children.  For more information about the Center and Through the Looking Glass visit the organization’s website www.lookingglass.org.

The manual “Supporting Families When Parents Have Intellectual Disabilities” http://165.234.216.166/prod/pub/pdf/Supporting_Families_w_ID_Manual.pdf was created by the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities.  The manual offers practical suggestions and resources that will hopefully make it easier for providers to step out of traditional roles and reach out to parents with disabilities. It is also hoped that the use of these strategies will lead to the development of integrated services. It is believed that appropriate support will allow families with parents who have intellectual disabilities to thrive and flourish and thus prove the case for continued support. It is also believed that the strategies will benefit many other families, who may not have intellectual disabilities but struggle with parenting.

Supported Employment

The Supported Employment Sub-committee has discussed current activities in Sioux Falls and Aberdeen involving Project Search - http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/svc/alpha/p/search/default.htm.  Other discussion includes the Freedom to Work http://www.sd-ccd.org/ftw/ grant activities with Career Development Teams and the need for a list or booklet of resources for families and people with disabilities on the topic of supported employment and self-employment.  An initial list of resources has been compiled and will be updated as new information is located.  Employment resources

Preparing for an Emergency

The workgroup was able to learn about some resources for preparing for emergency and would like to provide the following links to those resources.

Follow this link to the Administration on Developmental Disabilities website for resources from a variety of sources.  All of the resources on this site are specifically for people with disabilities.  Disaster Preparedness

Follow this link to the State of South Dakota’s emergency preparedness website.  The website includes resources for different types of disasters, different types of locations, and kids, and a wizard for creating a plan and a kit in the event of an emergency or disaster.  http://www.breadysd.com/

The Disability Preparedness Resource Center website provides practical information on how people with and without disabilities can prepare for an emergency. It also provides information for family members of, and service providers to, people with disabilities. In addition, the site includes information for emergency planners and first responders to help them to better prepare for serving persons with disabilities.  Check out this website at:  http://www.disabilitypreparedness.gov/

What do people say about the Family Support program?

PLANS (People Leading Accessible Networks of Support)started with a five-year grant from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD). South Dakota was awarded the grant in 2003. The goal of this project was to help adults with developmental disabilities to live and work in the community of their choice.

A PLANS Advisory Workgroup was developed and representation included people with disabilities, family members, state agencies, service providers, and community organizations. This workgroup was formed in 2004 to provide input into the planning process and design a plan for implementation of the project. The PLANS project was implemented through the development of five programs across the state [note: these programs have been sustained through their inclusion in the Family Support 360 program].

The following links reflect comments from those involved in the development of adult services in the Family Support 360 program. Additionally, the links will provide information regarding a survey of the PLANS programs in 2008. An evaluator completed individual interviews with PLANS participants to learn about program satisfaction. This information provided the PLANS workgroup and PLANS coordinators with ideas for improving program services.

Speaking out about services in South Dakota
PLANS 2008 Evaluation

What is the Family Support Grievance Process?

If families have questions, comments, or concerns about services they are receiving, they are encouraged to contact their Family Support Coordinator but can also contact the Division of Developmental Disabilities, c/o 500 E. Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501. Toll Free 1-800-265-9684, or (605) 773-3438.

46:11:09:24. Right of an appeal. A participant or a participant's parent or guardian may appeal ineligibility, termination, or reduction of services by following the process in law. The participant will be provided with information on how to obtain assistance from an employee of the state's designated protection and advocacy system. When reduction or termination of services are being appealed, services cannot be reduced or terminated until a decision is reached after a hearing. Access the rule online for more information.

46:11:10:09. Appeal of ineligibility of statewide Family Support services. A participant or particpant's parent or court-appointed guardian may appeal the program manager's decision regarding ineligibility of services to the division by requesting an appeal (contact information provided above). For complete details on the appeal process, access the rule online.