The Self-Directed Services Program, where on-staff Fiscal Intermediaries assist families who wish to self-direct their services, grew from 200 families to over 350 families served within the last 2 years. The Fiscal Intermediary or FI provides administrative and billing support to these families including - paying staff, billing Medicaid or NYS for services in the budget, tracking expenditures, providing monthly statements, etc.
Although not a continuous funding resource, Family Reimbursement can assist a family every 18 months. This service provides primary care givers of an individual with an intellectual and developmental disability the opportunity to be reimbursed for the services and/or goods to continue to care for their relative at home. Through an application process eligible services/goods that are not funded through any other sources, such as Medicaid or private insurance can be reimbursed. Clothing, educational toys, camp fees, and non-covered therapies are just a few examples of eligible reimbursement services.
Community Habilitation services offer in-home assistance and care to individuals of all ages who need to improve their daily living skills, maintain abilities and carry over skills learned in school or other day programs. Community Habilitation provides much-needed support to families whose members benefit from additional training.
By completing a special application to Medicaid, a family can enroll a child, under the age of 18, into the Home Community Services Wavier, regardless of income. To maintain Medicaid and Waiver status, the family participates in agency trainings twice a year, to increase knowledge of the child's disability and those resources available to address the child's needs