Family Support Services (FSS)
As part of our outreach service Family Support Services (FSS) is a short-term reimbursement program that assists families with the care of their child with developmental disabilities who is living at home.
The extraordinary care needs of a child with developmental disabilities can stretch families’ financial resources. FSS assists families in purchasing services and goods which are not funded through Medicaid. Purchases may include but are not limited to; respite, therapeutic services, recreational services, medical supplies and adaptive equipment, adaptive toys, or any other service or goods necessary to assist their child with a developmental disability.
Family Support Services can also help in times of crisis when a family member or loved one becomes ill, or when things get difficult at home for other reasons. With assistance and support, families can often work these situations out and stay together. Supports for Independent and Family Living include a wide array of services that allow an individual to remain in his or her own home, apartment, or family care home. Whether the individual and/or family’s need is respite services, which provide relief for the caregiver, or assistive technology services, which can, for example, provide environmental modifications to the home to incorporate a wheelchair (such as wider doors, ramps or roll-in showers), or provide communication aids (such as speech amplifiers, guide dogs and adaptive computer hardware/software) the goal is to help people with developmental disabilities lead richer lives that include meaningful relationships, good health and personal growth.
Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County, Inc. will work with families to access family needs and determine which goods or services and supports are most appropriate for the family. Individuals served through this program do not need to be enrolled in OPWDD, but do need to have a diagnosis that would be considered to meet OPWDD’s eligibility criteria.
Families can apply for funding on an annual basis. Applicants who are 18 years of age and older and live at home with family may be eligible to receive benefits for camp, vacation and recreation reimbursements.