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Program aims to help 1,000 individuals with developmental disabilities and their families receive critical supports for them to stay in their own homes


RICHMOND – The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) will begin accepting applications from individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities for the FY 2014 Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP) on September 3, 2013. The IFSP is designed to assist individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities on the waiting list for the Medicaid waiver to access short-term resources, supports, and services that will help them remain in their own community homes. The IFSP program will support a total of 1,000 individuals and families throughout Virginia in FY 2014.



An online program to submit applications will soon be available; in the meantime, those interested in the IFSP should send applications by mail. Applications may be found at: and mailed to:

Individual and Family Support Program
PO Box 1797
Richmond, VA 23218-1797

“The goal is to help as many as possible of the 8,000 individuals statewide who are on waiting lists for the intellectual or developmental disability waiver live successfully in their own homes,” said DBHDS Commissioner Jim Stewart. “The IFSP program provides funding for approved items such as respite, transition services, transportation services, behavioral consultation and other critical services that can assist people on waiting lists until they receive waiver services.“


Applications are reviewed by individual need and approvals are based on documentation provided by the individuals and their families. Accepted applicants receive funding in varying amounts up to $3,000.00 for items and services approved by DBHDS, including:


  • Professionally provided services and supports, such as respite, transportation services, behavioral consultation, and behavior management,
  • Assistive technology, home modifications, goods, or products that directly support the individual,
  • Dental or medical expenses of the individual,
  • Peer mentoring and family-to-family supports and
  • Emergency assistance and crisis support.

    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. FY 2014 is the second year of the program. In its first year, the IFSP served 825 individuals and families, providing support and services to those in the intellectual disability (ID) and developmental disability (DD) Medicaid waiver wait list.



    The IFSP is an annual program and individuals whose applications were accepted last year who wish to continue to receive IFSP services and are still on the waiting list for the ID or DD waiver must reapply for this year’s program. Applications cannot be faxed or emailed. The application and more information can be found at: Applicants requiring assistance may contact DBHDS at (804) 663-7277.

    Available to citizens statewide, Virginia’s public behavioral health and developmental disabilities services system is comprised of 40 community services boards (CSBs) and 16 state facilities. DBHDS seeks to promote dignity, choice, recovery, and the highest possible level of participation in work, relationships, and all aspects of community life for individuals with mental illness, developmental disabilities or substance-use disorders.


    1220 Bank Street P.O. Box 1797 Richmond, Virginia 23218-1797

    Phone: (804) 786-3921 Fax: (804) 371-6638 Web site:



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