Independent Living Services

  1. Service Description Independent Living Services
    Deficits in non-vocational life areas may adversely affect an individual's ability to gain and/or maintain employment. It is the policy of the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) to provide Independent Living Services (ILS) to customers who require these services to establish eligibility, assess rehabilitation and career needs, or achieve an employment goal. Services may be provided through Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center's programs, community-based providers, or Centers for Independent Living depending upon the customer's needs and desires.
  2. Definition
    A. Independent Living Services (ILS) involve the provision of one-to-one or group education and training in areas that assist an individual to live and participate as independently and effectively as possible in home, work, and community settings of choice. Independent Living Services should be provided in the environment in which the skills and abilities will be used, i.e., home and community settings.

    B. Specific services may include education, skills training, assessment and instruction related to the use of assistive technology, and development and implementation of strategies and techniques that allow an individual to live and participate successfully in community settings. Areas targeted for Independent Living Services may include household and financial management, personal care/hygiene, coping and social skills, using transportation, and other similar skills and tasks.

    C. In most cases, Independent Living Services should include a Functional Assessment, development of an individualized Independent Living Services Plan (see Section VI.), and development and implementation of training or instruction to achieve the goals and objectives identified in the ILS Plan. Independent Living Services are intended to be provided on a short-term basis, with services gradually decreasing as the Independent Living Services Provider fades his/her presence and the individual becomes more independent in carrying out the specific tasks or activities (similar to the provision of job coaching services).

    D. The following services can be provided by CILs and approved ESOs:

    Functional Assessment: evaluation and analysis of an individual's ability to function on a daily basis in home, work, school, and other community settings.

    Independent Living Skills Training: instruction to develop or improve an individual's ability to function independently on a daily basis in areas such as personal care/hygiene, coping/social skills, financial management, and household management. This also includes education and training necessary for participating fully in community life and activities.

    Peer Counseling: counseling and guidance, teaching, information sharing, and similar contact provided to individuals with disabilities by individuals with disabilities.

    Housing Services: assistance related to securing housing, shelter, or adaptive housing, including accommodations to, and modifications of, any space used by individuals with significant disabilities.

    Transportation Services: providing, or arranging for the provision of, modified and/or fixed or demand response transportation for individuals or groups of people with disabilities.

    Technical Assistance: the provision of information and training to individuals, businesses, and organizations to assist with understanding and complying with laws and regulations specific to people with disabilities (e.g., ADA, Fair Housing, Social Security, Medicaid).

    Individual Advocacy: advocacy and/or representation in obtaining access to benefits, services, and programs to which an individual with significant disabilities may be entitled.

    Intake/Assessment: a personal interview to obtain documentation and information for a written report that describes the individual's interests, resources, initial independent living goals, and recommended services.

    Consumer Counseling: Consumer counseling is defined as the provision of counseling and information necessary for an individual to complete the application requirements for the Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority. Typically, Consumer Counseling involves providing assistance with device selection, application completion, identification of, and assistance with application to alternative financing sources for assistive technology.

    Financial Training: Financial Training is defined as assistance provided to individuals who are turned down by the Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority due to income or credit issues. Financial Training will involve the review of credit reports, correction of errors on those reports and assistance with enrollment in a formal consumer financial counseling program, as needed.

Contact Information
Al Jones, TANF Coordinator
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
Richmond, Va. 23229
(804) 662-7219
E-mail: Al.Jones@drs.virginia.gov

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This File Was Last Modified: Wednesday August 12 2009