Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Could a "circle of support" let you live independently?

Consolidated Supports & Services (CSS) is a Medicaid and Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) funded program that allows persons with disabilities to create and manage an individualized budget, hire support staff, and engage in activities that will enhance integration to live and work in the community.

The CSS participant has a “Circle of Support” which consists of individuals that the participant has chosen to help them with any planning and decision making while participating in the CSS program.

The Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL) acts as the Fiscal Management Service (FMS) for individuals participating in CSS. This means RCIL pays for the services provided to the individual and in turns bills Medicaid and OPWDD for the services provided. RCIL also tracks the budget and maintains all financial records.

The CSS program allows individuals to live independently and ultimately achieve their personal goals. If you are aware of someone who you believe could benefit from participation in this mode of independent living, please have them contact us.

- Dave L.