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Housing and Living Supports

A variety of housing and living supports are available for people with developmental disabilities, depending on their personal interests and needs. Many community housing and supports programs are available to people with specialized support needs, such as:

  • Supported Living Services: Developmental Disability Agencies and Residential Habilitation Agencies offer services that allow those Adults who meet the criteria for Developmental Disabilities (DD) Waiver Services to reside in places of their own choosing while still receive care and services to meet their needs rather than the individual living in an assisted living facility or group home (institutional setting). Services may include chore services, environmental modifications, and home delivered meals. In order to be eligible for waiver services persons must be financially eligible for Medicaid; must have a primary diagnosis of intellectual disability or have a related condition; and persons must qualify based on a functional assessment, maladaptive behavior, a combination of both, or a medical condition.

  • Certified Family Homes (CFH) provide a safe, family-style living environment for those who need some assistance with the activities of daily living, but do not require a more restrictive institutional setting. The CFH allows the individual to reside in a facility (normally the home of their caregiver) and still receive care and services. CFHs have to have three or fewer residents. Each resident has a tailored care plan designed to meet their individual needs and to ensure they have the opportunity to participate in community activities. The CFH is operated by a provider who has received the appropriate training and demonstrates the knowledge and experience to provide safe and effective services to the residents. There are over 1800 Certified Family Homes in communities across the state.

  • Licensed Residential and Assisted Living Facilities (RALF) are group living arrangements for four or more adults, 18 years of age or older, who have varying needs for support, so long as they do not meet any of the exclusionary requirements as stipulated in IDAPA 16.03.22. For any resident who has needs requiring a nurse, the facility must assure a licensed nurse is available to meet the needs of the resident.

  • Immediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities are group living arrangements for adults or children with developmental disabilities and intense needs to support. Children and adults must meet an institutional level of care in order to live in these facilities.

  • Long Term Care/Skilled Nursing Facility’s design and function is to meet the health needs of two or more elderly or disabled individuals who, at a minimum, require inpatient care and services, for twenty-four or more consecutive hours.

  • Southwest Idaho Treatment Center (SWITC) is Idaho's only publicly run intermediate care facility (ICF/ID). Highly specialized treatment is provided to people who have been admitted through the FACS Developmental Disabilities Program