Community Based Supports
Services that provide direct support and assistance for individuals, with or without the caregiver present , in or out of the individual’s residence, to achieve and/or maintain the outcomes of increased independence, productivity, enhanced family functioning, and inclusion in the community, as outlined in his/her Service Plan.

Community Based Supports are delivered one-on-one with an individual and may include but are not limited to: assistance with community-based activities and assistance to, as well as training and supervision of, individuals as they learn and perform the various tasks that are included in basic self-care, social skills, and activities of daily living.

Examples of Community Based Supports Activities include, but not limited to,

  • Support from staff to enable an individual to attend an event, take a class, etc.
  • Support from staff to assist an individual participating in activities such as: assistance in completing activities of daily living, ordering off a menu, purchasing items, learning basic
  • cooking, laundry skills, etiquette, travel training, accessing activities in the community, etc.
  • One-on-one tutoring
  • Support on a job site to assist in basic self-care, social skills, and activities of daily living.

Services provided to individuals unable to care for themselves that are furnished on a short-term basis because of the absence or need for relief of those persons who normally provide care for the participant. Respite may be delivered in multiple periods of duration such as partial hour, hourly, daily without overnight, or daily with overnight. Respite may be provided in the individual’s home, a DHS licensed group home, or another community-based setting approved by DHS.

Various Types of Respite provided

  • Base Respite
    • Base Respite is provided in or out of the individual’s home.
  • Out of Home Overnight Respite
    • Out of Home Overnight Respite can be provided within a setting licensed under approved by the Division, or within a hotel.
  • Day Camp Respite
    • Day Camp Respite is utilized by camps that only provide camp during daytime hours. This service can be provided for up to 6 hours per day. An additional 2 hours per day of Base Respite can be provided by the same provider if needed.
  • Overnight Camp Respite
    • Overnight Camp Respite is utilized by camps that provide day and overnight camp services.
  • In-Home Community Care Residence Respite
    • Respite provided in a setting licensed.
  • Self-Directed Employee (SDE) Respite
    • Respite provided in or out of the home by someone who has been hired by the individual.