Independent Living Services
Who is eligible for Independent Living Services?
What Independent Living Services are available?
Where to get Services?
- State Plan for Independent Living: The State Plan for Independent Living is a three-year plan (FY 2014-2016) developed by the Statewide Independent Living Council for the Independent Living program within the Division of Rehabilitation Services.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible for services, an individual must have a significant disability, which means:
1) An individual with a significant physical, mental, cognitive or sensory impairment;
2) Whose ability to function independently in the family or community or whose ability to obtain,
maintain, or advance in employment is substantially limited; and
3) For whom the delivery of independent living services will improve the ability to function,
continue functioning, or move towards functioning independently in the family or community or to
What services are available?
Information and Referral Services
- These services are provided to anyone in relation to their
rights, resources and responsibilities. These services can be provided individually or in a group, in person
or phone contact. The service includes situations when an individual contacts a program for services,
information or they are referred to other more appropriate resources. These services are not based upon
Independent Living Skills Training
- These services involve teaching independent living skills,
either on an individual or group basis. Basic survival skills training is provided in areas such as food
preparation, shopping, personal grooming. Training should encompass a broad view of life skills and is not
limited to basic survival skills. These services are not based upon economic need.
Peer Counseling Services
- Peer counseling services are differentiated from counseling services
in that these services are provided to consumers by an individual with a similar disability. The peer counselor
and consumer meet on a one-to-one basis, or a consumer may meet with a group of peers, in order to discuss
issues related to their disability. These services are not based upon economic need.
Individual and Systems Advocacy
- These services assist an individual in developing the skills
needed to advocate on their own behalf within the independent living services process and all activities of
daily life. These services also address needed community-wide systems change, which will result in leadership,
independence, productivity and full inclusion in society of individuals with significant disabilities. These
services are not based upon economic need.
Housing Related Services
- These services are related to securing housing or shelter, including
services related to community group living and supportive of purposes and title of the Act, and adaptive housing
services These services may include: a) assisting consumers in finding affordable and accessible housing; b)
providing technical assistance concerning modifying existing housing to meet the needs of individuals with
How does the process work?
During the application process the independent living specialist will meet with you to begin to assessing your
disability and independent living needs. When the assessment is completed, you and your independent living
specialist will set goals for you to achieve. There is no charge for services but some services are based
upon your economic need.
How long does the process take?
Usually eligibility for services is determined on the same day of application. You can speed up the eligibility
process by coming to the center for independent living with medical information concerning your disability or
evidence that you receive an SSI or SSDI check. The time it takes to reach your independent living goal depends
upon your individual needs.