Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Apply For Caregiver Support (#Respite) Funding July 1

The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) has announced that Caregiver Support Services funds will be available for the fiscal year 2016 beginning July 1, 2015.
Caregiver Support Services is 100 percent state funded and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications received during fiscal year 2015 for Caregiver Support Services do not carry over to fiscal year 2016. An application must be completed for each fiscal year’s Caregiver Support Services funds. Applications may be made online, by mail or in-person.
To apply online, please access the following DDRS webpageApply for Caregiver Support Services
To apply by mail or in-person please call or visit your local BDDS District Office and request an application.
A frequently asked question document is available on the BDDS Website
As long as the Caregiver Support Services funds are available, services may be approved and available when:
  1. an individual meets the state definition of intellectual and developmental disabilities eligibility, and
  2. the primary caregiver selects a provider.
Caregiver Support Services will not be available to the primary caregiver if the individual is receiving or begins to receive other services from BDDS or programs such as (but not limited to) Vocational Rehabilitation Services, First Steps, CHOICE, a Division of Aging waiver, etc.
The initial budgets will be approved in the amount of $500 for each eligible individual regardless of the number of eligible individuals residing in the residence. Upon exhaustion of funding, subsequent budgets may be requested by the Caregiver Support Services provider and will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Any new budget is dependent upon available funds.

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