The Family Support Services Program

The Family Support Services Program is a state funded program that provides individualized support to families who are caring for a family member with developmental disabilities or delays with costs that are beyond those normally experienced by other families. This long-running state-funded program provides individualized support to families who are caring for a family member up to 18 years of age with intellectual or developmental disabilities or delays (Individuals 18 and over qualify for Medicaid Waiver programs administered by DP’s Case Management Department). The emphasis on the needs of each family makes this a unique and incredibly relevant service. Family Support Funds can be used toward respite for the family, professional services such as home health or therapy services, medical or dental services, transportation, assistive technology, home modification, and parent and sibling support.

Family Support Funds Can Be Used Towards:

Respite Care:

Families may need a break from time to time in caring for a child/adult child with disabilities. FSSP can pay a provider chosen by you to watch your child or adult child so you can leave and have a break outside of the home.

Professional Services:

Services which address the human condition such as individual counseling, therapies, vision, and home health services provided to the family member with a developmental disability. A physician must prescribe any therapies for which you request funding assistance.

Medical and Dental:

Some examples would be medications prescribed by a physician, syringes, feeding tubes, suctioning equipment, catheters, lodging and food expenses incurred during out-of-town medical treatment, or long distance telephone calls to arrange or coordinate medical services.

Transportation:

Travel costs related to providing care and support to the family member with a developmental disability which are above and beyond those typically incurred by other families. For example, frequent medical appointments, therapy or program appointments not covered by other sources.

Other Individual Expenses:

Services or items which are necessary as a result of the person’s disability, including physical, medical, educational, or behavioral needs. Examples include special diets, special clothing, developmental materials, and diapers for a child over the age of 3.

Assistive technology:

Equipment needed to support the person with a disability. Examples include: wheelchairs, braces, special beds, switches, communication devices, glasses, hearing aids, special kitchen appliances, and vehicle modifications to enable access by the family member with a developmental disability.

Home Modification:

Some examples include: ramps, lifts, widened doorframes and bathrooms. It can also include repairs to the home structure or furnishings due to damage caused by the family member with a developmental disability who has aggressive behaviors.

Parent and Sibling Support:

This category covers a variety of expenses for all other family members living in the household. Examples include: family counseling, costs of memberships in support organizations, behavioral intervention or training, recreation and leisure needs related to the stress or pressure placed on the family as a result of providing care for the family member with a developmental disability.

The Family Support Council:

The Family Support Council is a group of parents, professionals, interested community members and individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities in our service area who have been charged with the responsibility for providing guidance and assistance to the CCB for the implementation of the Family Support Services Program. Examples of the Council duties include; making recommendations for overall policy direction of FSSP, recommending budget parameters for the program and identifying community resources available to families. If you would like to learn more about the Family Support Council or are interested in becoming a member, please contact Jenny Skinner at: 303-858-2070 or j.skinner@dpcolo.org.