This program offers a family or individual a yearly amount ($300 in 2014) of funds to spend on themselves for goods and services that are not covered by Medicaid. Funds allow families to purchase goods and services that will enhance skills of the individual, improve the home environment, and help develop the cognitive and physical needs of the family member with disabilities. Some families use the funds to hire a respite worker for a much needed break from providing the intense care that is required of individuals with developmental disabilities. To obtain this service you must:
Be considered eligible through OPWDD. Some qualifying disabilities which occur before age 22 are mental retardation, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders, seizure disorders, and traumatic brain injury
Be any age
Reside at home with your family
If the individual applying is also seeking a residential placement they could be eligible for an enhanced reimbursement amount ($750 in 2014). This money is intended to assist the family to keep their family member in the home and meet their needs while awaiting placement.
For more information about these services, contact Stacy White at (315) 379-8200 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org