What is Family Support:
The goal of Family Support Services is to support individuals with IDD/Autism living with their families by providing community resources
and services to keep the family together in the family's home. Family Support Services are individualized and vary according to the needs
of the individual.
Family Support Services include:
Individual Support Services: Family Support Specialists work with family members in person or by phone to discuss the
individual's needs, listen to concerns of the family, and provide verbal support and encouragement for positive family involvement
regarding the individual's treatment.
Care Coordination Services: Family Support Specialists coordinate referrals for services, including assessments,
therapy, Day Program, and Residential Services. The Family Support Specialist will also assist families to navigate other service
systems and community resources to help obtain services that may not be routine and customary. Families will play an active role in
guiding the direction of services.
Additional Services Include: Assisting in completing a Family Support Agreement and Essential Lifestyle Plan,
assisting with Transition Planning from school to adulthood.
Contact your Regional Community Services Office for information about
contacting a Family Support Specialist and discussing services that may be available to you.