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Helping people with developmental disabilities attain independence.

FAQs for Parents

Q: Our son/daughter has been living at home, but is eager to live independently. How do we determine whether he/she is a good candidate for a group home with SVCR?

A: First, he or she must want to receive services from SVCR and be at least 18 years old. Prospective clients must then demonstrate, through a comprehensive evaluation process, a primary diagnosis of mental retardation and provide:

  • Documentation that includes (minimally) medical and social histories,
  • Psychological and psychiatric evaluations,
  • Evaluation from any previous residential placements, and
  • Medically certified documentation of communicable disease status.

Individuals must be ambulatory, with the ability to exit the residential facility under his/her own locomotion, including stairs if necessary. In addition, they must have basic self-help skills (i.e., toileting, bathing, dressing, and eating) and be enrolled or have written evidence of acceptance into a full time day program, which can include but not be limited to: school, work/employment (either sheltered, supported, or competitive), volunteer work, or psychosocial/social rehabilitative.  (Exception If the applicant is retired from work/Day Program activities, and SVCR, with the assistance of the applicant’s Support Coordinator and others on the Person-Centered Planning Team, is able to accommodate the applicant in his/her choice of retirement, then the stipulation to be enrolled or have written evidence of acceptance into a full time day program shall not apply.)

They must not require skilled nursing or maternity care, nor pose physical harm to self or others. Further, we do not accept individuals with a history of chronic violent or aggressive behavior towards self or others due to behavioral, emotional or psychotic disturbance.

Your son or daughter must be eligible for Medicaid, Medicare, or some other third party insurance for medical expenses. The applicant will be responsible for all medical costs not covered by insurance. Finally, they need to have some basis of financial income and agree to pay fees and deposits based on the prescribed SVCR fee policies.

Q: What is the average cost of care?
A: Group Home

Monthly fees for room, board, and general supervision are calculated annually, based on the client’s most recent W-2’s, Social Security Administration Notification of Benefits, and/or any other earned and unearned income. If total net income changes more than 10%, fees will be re-calculated.  To cover personal expenses, clients retain a minimum of $150 monthly from all sources of income.

Clients, or their guardians, shall be required, when possible, to provide medical insurance coverage and pay for all medical expenses not included in that coverage.

Clients, or their guardians, shall also be responsible for clothing, recreational expenses, and other sundry needs.

In short, clients are required to pay when they have the financial resources to do so.

A: Supervised Living Residential Services:

Clients pay rent to SVCR on a monthly basis.  The cost of rent will be divided equally among the occupants of each apartment unit.  All clients living in an apartment unit share the costs for electricity, basic telephone, cable TV, refuse removal, and food staples.  Individual long distance telephone calls and special interest food purchases will be the financial responsibility of each client.

Utilities are placed in the names of clients living in each apartment unit, so clients may establish a credit history to help them if they should choose to move to their own apartment later on. Monthly fees for support services shall be based on the earned and unearned income of each client, and range from $25 for clients whose monthly net income is less than $650, to $475  for clients whose monthly net income is greater than $1500 .

Q: How long can my son/daughter stay in a program with SVCR?

A: Individuals can choose to remain in SVCR programs for life, as long as they follow the rules and expectations and their needs can be met adequately and safely in one of our residential programs.

Q: What can my son/daughter learn in a program with SVCR?

A: He/she will learn such activities of daily living as cooking, laundry, household chores, medication management, and money management. In addition, he/she will gain skills to integrate into the community by learning how to ride public transit and attend community recreational events and activities.

Q: Is your program like a nursing home?

A. No. We are not equipped to provide the kind of medical care found in a nursing home.  As a result, if residents need long-term care beyond the scope of our residential programs, we assist their Suport Coordinators in helping identify the most appropriate, least restrictive environment for them.  However, it is our strong belief that residents should be allowed to live in their own homes until the end of life, unless they need more intense medical care.

Q: How do we submit an application?

A. Before being considered, clients need to be determined to be eligible for the Community Services Board’s Case Management service. Therefore, the first step is to contact your local Community Services Board to schedule an Intake Meeting. Once eligibility is confirmed, a family member or the prospective client can complete the SVCR Client Application.

Q: How often can I visit my son/daughter/family member?

A. We do not place specific limits on visitation. However, since the goal is for the clients to understand that SVCR is their home – and that they share responsibilities with all the other housemates – you should avoid too many visits to the SVCR residence. Similarly, you should not take your family member to your home too frequently. Management and staff will work with you to come to an agreed upon frequency of visits that is therapeutic for the client, while meeting the needs of the family.