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Welcome to the Community Supports Services page.  Here you will find resources and information regarding housing, employment and the Individual and Family Support Program.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

DBHDS Housing Resource Referral Form  

Please find below a link to the DBHDS’s housing resource referral form to be submitted by CSB Support Coordinators and Private Case Managers who wish to make a housing referral for an individual in the Settlement Agreement population.  This form must be completed in its entirety and signed by all requested parties.  Referral forms that are incomplete, not signed or not initialed will not be processed.   Previous versions of the referral form are obsolete and will not be processed.

Individual and Family Support Program Forms: (NEW FUNDING PERIOD)****

The Individual and Family Support Program has announced the Funding Period for FY 2017.

Please click on the IFSP box below for the application and the instructions for completing the application.

Applications must be postmarked on or after November 15th, 2016.

Applications postmarked prior to November 15, 2016 will not be processed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Bob Villa, IFSP Manager, via phone at 804-371-4696 or by email at bob.villa@dbhds.virginia.gov

In an effort to better support people with disabilities through community-based integrated employment, Virginia’s Employment First Initiative requires that  employment be offered to the person first before offering other services. Virginia has long led the way by engaging individuals with disabilities in employment-related activities and providing effective, person-centered services. Employment First is the next and very essential step in our history of helping people with disabilities reach their fullest potential through improved employment opportunities.
 
Presentations from Employment First Summit (October 4, 2011):
2nd Annual Employment First Summit (October 5, 2012):

State Employment Leadership Network  

Independent Housing Outcomes

DBHDS and its state, regional and local partners have been working collaboratively to increase the number of housing options available to people in the Settlement Agreement population[1].  Please click here for an update related to the number of people in the settlement agreement population that are living in their own homes. 

State Rental Assistance Program

The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) has created a State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP) to serve individuals with developmental disabilities in the Settlement Agreement population who want to live in their own housing.  The program is designed to provide rental assistance to single person families that meet the program eligibility criteria so they have the means to lease private market rental housing that meets their needs.

Individuals will have the opportunity to choose where they live, with whom they live, and who supports them.  Services and supports will be provided through sources separate from their housing, including Medicaid Waiver-funded home and community based services, natural supports, privately paid supports, and other community resources.

The following Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) have each entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with DBHDS to administer the State Rental Assistance Program in the following areas:

  • Chesapeake Redevelopment and Housing Authority – the City of Chesapeake
  • Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority – Fairfax County, the Cities of Fairfax, and the Towns of Clifton, Herndon and Vienna
  • Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority – the City of Norfolk
  • Virginia Beach Department of Housing & Neighborhood Preservation – the City of Virginia Beach

The referral form is in a PDF format, and applicants and support coordinators can type their information directly into the form to ensure the form is legible. We will not accept any illegible forms. Please click here to download the DBHDS Housing Resource Referral Form (dated 10/2016).  Please click here to download a sample referral form. If the person that you are referring already lives in his or her own housing, please complete and submit the attached budget that demonstrates  that the eligible individual needs a housing resource.  Please click here for the budget spreadsheet.

The Support Coordinator/Case Manager checklist enumerates the tasks support coordinators/case managers should complete with individuals to ensure they are prepared to use housing resources (e.g., housing choice vouchers, SRAP, etc.) in a timely manner; if they are referred.   Submission of a referral occurs after a variety of tasks have been accomplished.  This is important:  performing these steps first increases the likelihood a person will be prepared to use the housing resource, and decreases the chances a person will be determined ineligible or decline the housing resource after it is offered.  If you need assistance with helping someone transition, please contact a housing specialist in your region (Please see contact information below). Please click here to download the checklist.  

Please click here to download the SRAP Fact sheet.                                                            

Housing Choice Voucher Admissions Preference for the Settlement Agreement Population

DBHDS continues to accept referrals from intellectual disability (ID) or developmental disability (DD) Support Coordinators, Community Integration Managers or Centers for Independent Living staff for individuals in the target population that would like to live in their own rental housing with appropriate supports.  DBHDS maintains a referral list for housing choice vouchers and eligible individuals are moved up on the list as referrals are made to Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) and other local housing choice voucher programs. If an individual’s name comes to the top of the list and he or she decides not to utilize the voucher, his or her name will be removed from the referral list and a new referral must be submitted in order for the individual’s name to be placed back on the list. 

Referrals should only be made for individuals who have: 1) made an informed decision to live in their own rental housing; 2) are ready or can be ready to move within 120 days of being referred and/or approved for a voucher and 3) who have or will have adequate waiver, non-waiver and natural supports in place needed to attain and maintain their housing in the community.   

Referral Priorities

The purpose of the housing choice voucher set-aside is to provide opportunities for individuals in the Settlement Agreement population to move into independent rental housing, with supports as needed, from institutions, ICF-IDD’s, nursing homes, group homes, their family’s home, etc. If an individual is currently living in his or her own rental housing and there are other eligible individuals that want to live in their own home in the same locality or the individual would like to live with his or her parent(s), grandparent(s) or legal guardian, a referral will not be made. In addition, eligible individuals must be included in the DOJ target population, at least 18 years of age or older and be the head of household/voucher recipient for lease purposes.

To align with the spirit and intent of the DOJ Settlement Agreement, DBHDS will make all future referrals for eligible individuals based on the priorities outline below:

  • Priority #1- eligible individuals who, at the time of referral, are currently participating in the Rental Choice VA pilot program, are in good standing with the program, and state funding for Rental Choice VA continues to be time limited.  
  • Priority #2- eligible individuals who, at the time of referral, reside at any of the Commonwealth’s training centers and who choose to live in a more integrated, less restrictive, community setting.
  • Priority #3- eligible individuals who, at the time of referral, reside in a nursing home or non-state ICF-IDD and who choose to live in a more integrated, less restrictive, community setting.
  • Priority #4- eligible individuals who, at the time of referral, receive ID waiver services in a congregate residential setting, such as a group home or a sponsored residential setting, and choose to live in a more integrated, less restrictive, community setting.
  • Priority #5- eligible individuals who, at the time of referral, meet one or more of the following conditions:
    • Are homeless, as evidenced by documentation from the support coordinator that the individual has slept in a shelter, on the street, or in a place not meant for human habitation for the last 3 consecutive nights, or
    • at risk of homelessness, as evidenced by a Writ of Possession for the individual’s current residence; or
    • are paying more than 50% of their own gross monthly income toward housing they lease in their own name (based upon verification of income and current rent); or
    • are experiencing an imminent threat to health and safety in housing, documented by Adult Protective Services.
  • Priority #6- eligible individuals who, at the time of referral, are currently receiving ID waiver or DD waiver services, and who choose to live in a more integrated, less restrictive, community setting.
  • Priority #7- eligible individuals who, at the time of referral, are currently on the waitlist for an ID or DD waiver,  and who choose to live in a more integrated, less restrictive, community setting.

Frequently Asked Questions

Prior to completing the referral form, please download and review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. Please click here to download the FAQ document.

Updated Referral Form and Support Coordinator/Case Manager Checklist

We have updated the DBHDS Housing Resource Referral Form to include an acknowledgements and certifications page.  We added the acknowledgements and certifications page as a result of the number of referrals that we receiving for ineligible individuals and for individuals that are not prepared to transition due to a number of factors (e.g., lack of supports, long term discharge dates, lack of understanding relating to what a housing resource is and how it works, etc.). The referral form is in a PDF format, and applicants and support coordinators can type their information directly into the form to ensure the form is legible. We will not accept any illegible forms. Please click here to download the DBHDS Housing Resource Referral Form (dated 10/2016).  Please click here to download a sample referral form.   

The Support Coordinator/Case Manager checklist enumerates the tasks support coordinators/case managers should complete with individuals to ensure they are prepared to use housing resources (e.g., housing choice vouchers, SRAP, etc.) in a timely manner; if they are referred.   Submission of a referral occurs after a variety of tasks have been accomplished.  This is important:  performing these steps first increases the likelihood a person will be prepared to use the housing resource, and decreases the chances a person will be determined ineligible or decline the housing resource after it is offered.  If you need assistance with helping someone transition, please contact a housing specialist in your region (Please see contact information below). Please click here to download the checklist.

Virginia Housing Search

If you, a family member, or someone that you know or support is interested in living in their own rental housing, please click here for a free resource that may help with locating housing that meets individualized needs and budgets. 

Flexible Funding

In June 2015 and 2016, the DBHDS provided funding to increase access to and the availability of integrated, independent housing options for individuals with a developmental disability that meet the criteria for the Settlement Agreement population as defined in the Settlement Agreement between the Commonwealth of Virginia and the U.S. Department of Justice.  Please click here for a summary of how the resource may be used and information related to how to obtain an application.   Please click here for a copy of the flexible funding guidelines.    

Flexible Funding requests should be approved when a good or service is a documented "need" in order for an individual to obtain and maintain independent housing. Please click here for examples of justifiable requests and requests that will not be approved. 

Please Note: The application form varies by CSB and Support Coordinators/Case Managers must submit the application on behalf on an eligible individual.  Eligible individuals may not use flexible funds to transition to or to sustain tenancy at a non-independent setting, a licensed setting or reside with a  parent, grandparent or legal guardian.       

Housing Plan

Rental Choice VA

DBHDS has engaged the Fairfax-Falls Church and the Virginia Beach Community Services Boards in a 36 month pilot program called Rental Choice VA. This pilot program provides individuals who currently live in ID Waiver group homes or ICFs, and individuals with developmental disabilities in nursing facilities or ICFs, an opportunity to move to safe, decent rental housing they can lease on their own, with a friend(s) or a live-in aide. Rental Choice VA makes housing affordable by offering:

  • "Rent up" assistance to help pay the costs to get an apartment, such as application fees, security deposits, moving expenses, and utility deposits/connection fees.
  • Rental assistance that pays the different between 30%-40% of the individual’s monthly adjusted household income and the gross contract rent for an approved unit (Rent must be reasonable and at or below HUD’s Fair market Rent limit.

The Fairfax-Falls Church and the Virginia Beach Community Services Boards are currently supporting existing participants as they transition to permanent rental assistance programs in each area (i.e., the federal housing choice voucher program).  The CSBs will no longer be accepting new applications for the pilot program.  Individuals that are interested in living in their own rental housing should contact their Case Manager/Support Coordinator and ask that they make a referral to DBHDS for the Housing Choice Voucher Admissions Preference for the DOJ Target Population (Please see referral information above).  Current Rental Choice VA participants will continue to receive up to 36 months of rental assistance and be a referral priority for the permanent vouchers available to the target population; assuming that they remain in good standing with the program.    

Division of Developmental Services - Housing Team

DBHDS has hired Integrated Community Options Specialists (also referred to as “Regional Housing Specialists”) in Health Planning Regions (HPR) 1, 2, 4 and 5.  DBHDS is currently recruiting for a specialist in Region 3. 

The Integrated Community Options Specialists are responsible for developing local, regional and statewide relationships and identifying potential resources necessary to increase the availability of and access to affordable and accessible housing for individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability who are Medicaid Waiver recipients or those who are eligible for a Medicaid Waiver and possibly on the waiver waiting lists (“SA population”). In addition, the regional housing specialists are charged with furthering the department’s efforts to implement best practices in integrated, independent supportive housing for the target population as part of complying with the U.S. Department of Justice Settlement Agreement with the Commonwealth of Virginia, implementing “Virginia’s Plan to Increase Access to Independent Living Options” and to help all Virginias realize a life of possibilities. 

Housing Team Contact Information

 

Name

Title

Region

Phone Number

Marie Fraticelli

Integrated Community Options Specialist

1

434-953-7146

Jeannie Cummins Eisenhour

Senior Integrated Community Options Specialist

2

804-836-4308

Anna Bowman

Integrated Community Options Specialist

3

804-839-0476

Sheree Hilliard

Integrated Community Options Specialist

4

804-371-2154 or 804-629-1675

Kimberly Rodgers

Integrated Community Options Specialist

5

804-629-1674

Eric Leabough

Housing Services Manager

N/A

804-786-1393

 Please click here to view the DBHDS Health Planning Region Map.


[1] Individuals with developmental disabilities who are included in the target population under the Commonwealth’s Settlement Agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice [United States V. Commonwealth of Virginia, United States District Court for Eastern District of Virginia (Civil Action No. 3:12 CV 059)] are as follows: (1) individuals currently reside at any of the Commonwealth’s training centers, (2) individuals that meet the criteria for the Intellectual Disability (ID) waiver or Developmental Disability (DD) waiver wait lists (includes individuals who currently have an ID or DD waiver), or (3) individuals who currently reside in a nursing home or ICF-IDD.

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. 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.

 

Announcements:

New Funding Period for IFSP announced!!!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Bob Villa, IFSP Manager, via phone at 804-371-4696 or by email at bob.villa@dbhds.virginia.gov

Contacts for IFSP are:

IFSP Guidelines and Forms: (NEW FUNDING PERIOD Forms and Instructions)*******

IFSP Reports: