Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP)

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Program Description

The Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP) assists individuals with developmental disabilities and their families with accessing person-centered and family-centered resources, supports, services and other assistance. The program's primary target population is individuals on the waiting list for Virginia's Developmental Disabilities (DD) Medicaid waivers.

The goal of the program is to support continued community living.



Program Announcements

March 20, 2018
The Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP) has begun issuing payment for FY 2018 IFSP Funding. All 2018 funds will be issued by check card. An email notification was sent to all approved applicants on March 19, 2018 notifying them of the funds. The check cards are beening issued bya third-party card processor. All cards will be mailed directly to the address that was provided for the responsible party when the application was completed.

Each responsible party will receive one pre-loaded check card with funds for all of the people that were applied for within the next 2-3 week. If you have not received the check card by March 31st, please contact the IFSP staff for assistance.

It is important that you review the IFSP Funding Program Guidelines, Application, Forms, etc. section below for information on how to register your card, receipt policies, resources for maximizing your IFSP funds, and answers to frequently asked questions.

March 2, 2018
We are pleased to announce that the Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP) will issue all FY 2018 IFSP funds via check card. All approved applicants will receive an email notification once the cards have been issued by our third-party card processor. All cards will be mailed directly to the address that was provided for the responsible party when the application was completed.

Please see the IFSP Funding Program Guidelines, Application, Forms, etc. section of the IFSP Program webpage for information on how to register your card, receipt policies, and answers to frequently asked questions.

January 23, 2018
2018 IFSP funds will be distributed in late winter 2018. All funds will be issued via debit card. Approved applicants will receive an email notification before cards are issued.

If you have not received notification about your application status, please check your email spam or junk mail folders before contacting the IFSP staff.
If you have not received the notification and still have questions regarding a FY 2018 award, please email staff at ifspsupport@dbhds.virginia.gov.

Please do not incur expenses before you receive a debit card with your authorized award amount. Expenses made before receiving the funds are not allowed.

December 2017
The IFSP Funding Program is no longer accepting applications for FY 2018 IFSP Funding. All applicants have been notified via email as to the status of their application, and those who have applied may login into the on-line web portal to see their application status.

FY 2018 IFSP Applicants, to access the application portal, please go to IFSP Online Application Portal.

The FY 2018 IFSP Application was available from October 23, 2017 to November 17, 2017. Information about future funding opportunites will be posted to the IFSP website no earlier than Spring 2018.



IFSP Community Coordination

DBHDS established the Individuals and Family Support Community Coordination Program to assist families and individuals with developmental disabilities with making local connections to resources and supports that maintain community living.

The effort is a partnership led by family volunteers that have formed councils covering the five DBHDS service regions. Together, DBHDS and the IFSP State and Regional Councils have worked to establish Virginia’s Individual and Family Support State Plan and to set local goals to support its implementation.

For more information, please see the links below for helpful resources.

  1. IFSP Community Coordination Program
  2. The IFSP State and Regional Roster
  3. Virginia's Individual and Family Support Program State Plan for Increasing Support for Virginian's with Developmental Disabilities (November 2017)

For more information about the IFSP Community Coordination Program, please contact

Erika Jones-Haskins, MSW

Community Coordinator, Individual and Family Support Program

Division of Developmental Services

erika.jones-haskins@dbhds.virginia.gov


IFSP Funding Program

The IFSP Funding Program provides financial assistance to individuals and families awaiting services through one of Virginia's Developmental Disabilities waivers. Individuals on the waitlist may apply for financial assistance to cover eligible costs that support continued living in an independent setting.

For additional information on the IFSP Funding Program, please contact Bob Villa, IFSP Manager

Phone: 804-371-4696

Email:Bob.Villa@dbhds.virginia.gov


IFSP Funding Program Guidelines, Application, Forms, etc.

  1. Go Card Instructions (in English and Spanish)
  2. Quick Start Guide for Using the Go Card and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
  3. FY 2018 Receipt Policy
  4. Maximizing Your FY 2018 IFSP Funds: A Resource Guide
  5. IFSP Final Regulations January 2014
  6. FY 2018 IFSP Funding Application Announcement