Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities
Communicare provides a broad spectrum of services aimed to support individuals with developmental disabilities and intellectual disabilities to remain and become a vital part of their communities. This mission of normalization has received praise at both the local and state levels and has allowed Communicare to maintain a long history of quality service for these individuals. A variety of programs are offered to individuals with Developmental Disabilities/ Intellectual Disability who meet criteria (age of onset of disability is before age 21).
Community Habilitation and Vocational Services
Developmental Disabilities don’t have to prevent a person from leading a full life. The intent of these programs is to provide a sense of normalcy to individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Consumers of these services report to a workshop in their community, where they are often employed through contract work from local businesses. These consumers are held to production standards and earn a paycheck for the work that they perform. These programs are available in Hardin, Nelson, Washington, Marion, Grayson, Breckinridge and Meade counties.
For individuals with Developmental Disabilities who are not capable of living entirely on their own, we offer residential supports in a 3-bedroom group home. An on-site supervisor is available to assist consumers in these facilities. Programs are located throughout the region according to need.
Residential Supports provided to eight individuals with Developmental Disability or a Intellectual Disability over the age of 22 in an eight-bedroom home. Group homes are located throughout the region, according to need.
Adult Foster Care (AFC)
Developed as an alternative to other residential programs, the AFC homes are provided to individuals with Developmental or Intellectual Disabilities who want the experience of being an active part of a family home. They are matched with a host family, according to their individual needs, with the understanding that they will take part in all of the family’s activities. This program has received high praise from both the participating consumer and from the families who have opened their homes as providers.
Semi-Independent Living Apartments
Residential Supports provided in an independent living situation with minimal supervision. Nelson County is currently the only county with this type of residential supports.
Supports for Community Living (SCL)
This program is a Medicaid waiver program which provides supports to individuals over the age of 21 with Developmental Disability or a Intellectual Disability. Individuals must meet the criteria to reside in an Intermediate Care Facility, but choose to receive services and supports within the community in order to be eligible for this program. This program offers a variety of services and supports paid by Medicaid to approximately 97 individuals across the region.
Crisis Response/Prevention Program
This program provides temporary supports and services to individuals who have a history of crises episodes. The most common support provided through this program is emergency respite. An ancillary support for individuals who meet criteria is Communicare’s Adult Crisis Stabilization Unit.
Pre-Admission Screening Resident Review (PASRR) Specialized Services
This program provides services to individuals of any age across the region with Developmental Disability/Intellectual Disability residing in a nursing home. This program takes a person-centered approach to developing a plan to make an individual’s life more meaningful while residing at a nursing facility.
Supported Employment Program (the Employment Connection):
This program assists individuals with disabilities in obtaining and maintaining employment in the community. The coordinator of this program and a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist from the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation determines eligibility. This program is based out of the DIDD’s Administrative Office in Elizabethtown, but serves individuals across the region.
Hart Supported Living
This program provides financial assistance to eligible individuals who need ongoing financial help to remain in their home or to be more independent. The program offers two types of funding; either one-time purchases such as home modifications or adaptive equipment or on-going purchases such as respite and transportation. A coordinator and council member review applications and score them based on the needs of the applicants and the amount of funds available.
New Specialized Crisis Program
This program provides extraordinary crisis supports, in that other supports have been attempted or exhausted prior to referral. This program provides mobile crisis response and a 24 hour crisis hotline. This program serves individuals who are 18 and over with a MR/DD diagnosis and experiencing an immediate crisis as determined by a crisis rating scale specified by the Kentucky Division of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Services.
24 Hour MRDD Crisis Line: 1-866-458-0615