The Family Support Program provides individual services and supports to families that include a child with severe disabilities. The Program recognizes that meeting the needs of children who have severe disabilities may place hardships on a family's emotional, physical and financial resources.
The Program offers:
- Information and help in finding services and maximizing community resources;
- Limited funding to buy needed services and goods that can't be bought through other sources;
- Help in linking families with other families to strengthen natural supports.
The foundation of the Family Support Program is the belief that parents of children who have severe disabilities know best what they need. Family Support Coordinators and parents work together to develop an individualized service plan for each family. Home modifications, transportation, specialized equipment, nursing care and respite are examples of items and services the Family Support Program can help the family purchase.
Who is Eligible?
Families are eligible for services if they have a child with a severe disability, under the age of 21, and living at home. A severe disability is a physical, mental, or emotional limitation which seriously restricts the child's ability to carry out basic daily living activities such as self-care, learning, communications, mobility and self-direction. Although family income is not a basis for eligibility, cost-sharing may be required on a sliding fee scale.