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The Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP) is designed to assist individuals on the waiting list for the intellectual disability (ID) or developmental disability (DD) Medicaid waivers to access short-term resources, supports, and services that will help them remain in their own community homes.

Changes taking place with the Individual and Family Support Program and Frequently Asked Questions

As we indicated in our initial application instructions, there will be two submission periods this year. The first one that will run from September 15, 2014 – March 15, 2015 which will cover requests that occur during this time frame and then an additional submission period from March 15, 2015- June 31, 2015. What we did not indicate in the application instructions or on the applications is that for the first submission period which begins on September 15, 2014, that the applications MUST be postmarked on/or after September 15, 2014.

Because this is a first come first serve program, we want to ensure that our process is fair and equitable. Some families and advocacy organizations who contacted our office were provided this information and so therefore have not submitted their applications.

We apologize for an inconvenience that this has cause to you or your family. Thank you for your understanding of our desire to ensure a fair process for all families. Should you have any additional questions, you may contact Bob Villa at (804) 371-4696.

IFSP Information

Applicants requiring assistance can contact DBHDS at (804) 663-7277.

The settlement agreement between the Commonwealth and the U.S. Department of Justice on Virginia’s Intellectual and Developmental Disability System requires the IFSP to run until 2021. The IFSP program will support a total of 1,000 individuals and families throughout Virginia each year from FY 2014 to FY 2021. The program supported 825 individuals in the first year of the program in FY 2013.

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