Family Support Program
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:
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.
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.
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.