DSS: Disability Services

Disability Services


 

 

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Waiver 

A Medicaid Waiver program that employs the principles of person-centered planning to provide a range of non-medical, home and community based services, to maintain adults who have an acquired brain injury (not a developmental or degenerative disorder), in the community. Without these services, the adult would otherwise require placement in one of four types of institutional settings. Adults must be age 18-64 to apply, must be able to participate in the development of a service plan in partnership with a Department social worker, or have a Conservator to do so, must meet all technical, procedural and financial requirements of the Medicaid program, or the Medicaid for Employed Disabled program. An adult deemed eligible for the ABI Waiver, is eligible for all Medicaid covered services. Application is made by contacting the Department's regional offices, and returning a completed ABI Waiver Request Form.  

To download an ABI Waiver Request form, follow this link.  (Versión en Español)

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Road to Recovery after Brain Injury:  Your GPS for Navigating CT’s Health Care System.  This resource, produced by the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut, is for survivors of brain injury, family members, caregivers and friends.  It offers information on brain injury, rehabilitation (inpatient and outpatient), home and community based services, and identifies places that can be a source of support on the journey forward.  For more information or assistance, please call 1-800-278-8242.

Community Based Services

A state funded program that provides non-medical home care services as part of an overall case plan to maintain adults with physical and/or mental disabilities, age 18-64 inclusive, in the community. Without the provision of these significant supportive services, the adult with a disability would require institutional placement. The program also provides these services for a family with a supervising relative who is temporarily incapacitated, unable to manage the household, or has a disability. Program services include:  adult day care; adult companion; home delivered meals; case management; chore; case work; homemaker; temporary foster care; social work; teaching homemaker; and personal emergency response system. Eligibility depends on income levels related to Medicaid (not more than $610.61 per month after unearned income disregard), asset levels related to SSI, certification of need by a physician or other appropriate health care professional, and a Department social work assessment. Application is made by contacting the Department's regional offices.

 

Family Support Grant (FSG)

A monthly subsidy of up to $250 ($3,000 annually) to a parent or other family member who has primary responsibility for a child with a developmental disability (age 5 through 18) other than mental retardation, in order to meet the extraordinary expenses of that child. Gross income cannot be greater than 140% of the previous year's median family income for CT. The subsidy can be used for ongoing costs such as medical expenses, special equipment, medical transportation, special clothing. There are 25 slots statewide for this program. The Department has established a waiting list. Persons interested in having their names added to the list may contact any of the Department's regional offices, or Social Work Services at 860-424-5388, and complete the Waiting List Request Form.

For more information, follow this link to the FSG brochure.

 

Individual Services

Social Work intervention provided to adults age 18 through 64 applying for or receiving DSS cash and/or benefits, to improve their lives or situations. Services include counseling, information and referral, and advocacy. Services are accessed through the Social Work units at the Department's regional offices.

 

Personal Care Assistant (PCA) Waiver

A Medicaid Waiver program that provides personal care assistance services included in a care plan to maintain adults with chronic, severe, and permanent disabilities, in the community. Without these services, the adult would otherwise require institutionalization. The care plan is developed by a Department social worker in partnership with the adult. Adults must be age 18-64 to apply, must have significant need for hands on assistance with at least two activities of daily living (eating, bathing, dressing, transferring, toileting), must lack family and community supports to meet the need, and must meet all technical, procedural and financial requirements of the Medicaid program, or the Medicaid for Employed Disabled program. Eligible adults must be able to direct their own care and supervise private household employees, or have a Conservator to do so. An adult deemed eligible for the PCA Waiver, is eligible for all Medicaid covered services. Application is made by contacting the Department's regional offices, and returning a completed PCA Waiver Request Form.

To download a PCA Waiver Request form, follow this link.  (Versión en Español)


 




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