Family Support Service Categories

Below are descriptions of the service categories allowed by Family Support Guidelines.  Not all of these categories will be applicable to your disability or situation.  Please review the definitions of the categories listed in your individualized FamilySupport Service Plan.  Your categories may be changed but you must discuss it with the Family Support Coordinator first.  If you have a need that falls outside the boundaries of these categories, call so we can discuss and hopefully accommodate.  Such requests may take time and involve a determination by the Local Council so it is best not to wait until a deadline or after you have already made a purchase to make a request.

Home Modifications:  work done on the home to improve accessibility for the individual in the program (example: wheelchair ramps or door widening.)  General home repairs are not home modifications and are not eligible for reimbursement.

Vehicular Modifications: work done on the family’s vehicle to accommodate the individual on the program (example: wheelchair lift or hand controls.)

Specialized Equipment and Repair/Maintenance: special medical equipment purchased for the individual on the program or repair of that equipment. (Example: lift chair, hospital bed, hearing aid, scooter batteries.)  Some items may require a recommendation from physician or therapist.  Check with the coordinator before requesting reimbursement of an item that is not disability-specific. 

Health Related: This category covers many expenses including (but not limited to): prescription and OTC medications, doctor and hospital costs/copays, dental, vision, and speech, feeding, occupational and physical therapy

Transportation:  Transportation includes the cost of directly transporting a person with a disability to medical and non-medical appointments such as day services, their job or various related activities.  Transportation may include the cost of a bus ticket, taxi or other types of transportation used to enable the person to participate in the former mentioned activities.  Long distance travel includes the cost of mileage, meals for the recipient and/or lodging associated with transporting the recipient.  Transportation may also include repairs made to the primary vehicle used in transporting the program recipient.  Family Support will assist with repairs to one (1) vehicle per family/household.  A copy of vehicle registration showing the program participant or guardian as owner is required for reimbursement requests of car repairs.   Repairs must be made via a verifiable business.  We do not reimburse payments to “friends” for car repairs. 

Family Counseling: counseling for the family related to the individual’s disability.

Recreation/Summer Camp:  music or art therapy/lessons, sports, fine arts, camps, etc.

Behavior Services:  ABA therapy, social skills training.

Conservatorship:  the cost of securing a conservatorship for the individual with the disability. 

Training: can include the registration fee for a workshop, conference, or books that train/educate the individual with a disability or their caregiver about their disability.  This could also include academic tutoring and life skills training.  It does not include homeschool fees, private school tuition or general education expenses.  Tutoring expenses provided by an individual may need to be reported for reimbursement on an In Home Services Form.  Check with the coordinator.   

Specialized Nutrition/Clothing: allowed in certain circumstances like medically prescribed GFCF diets, tube feeding, etc.  Also includes supplements such as Boost or Ensure.  Receipts for gluten free items must clearly indicate that the item is gluten free.  It is not adequate to write “gluten free” next to an item on the receipt.  Foods that are naturally gluten free (fruits, vegetables, meats) are not reimbursable.  Clothing may be reimbursable if the clothing is custom made to accommodate the person’s disability.  The cost of alterations may be reimbursable.  For example, clothes with special fasteners or clothes that are smaller/larger than what is typically available.  Incontinence supplies (diapers, pads, wipes, etc.) are also reimbursable under this category. 

Before/After Care or Day Care: care for the individual before/after school or all day at a day care.  This includes adult daycare or day program services.  An In Home Services form is not required if the services is provided by a licensed provider/business and the statement/receipt is on company/business letterhead. 
IN HOME SERVICES:  If your Family Support Service Plan allows for Respite, Personal Assistance, Homemaker Services, OR Nursing/Nurses Aide you are required to submit a completed In Home Services form along with receipts that document payment for the service. Providers of In Home Services CAN NOT be family members who live with the person who has the disability. 

If your Before/After Care or Daycare provider is an individual who provides care in their home or yours and is not part of a licensed program/business you must submit a completed In Home Services form along with receipts.  Again, providers in the Before/After Care and Daycare categories CAN NOT be family members nor can they be individuals who live with the person who has the disability. 
Respite:  care of the individual with a disability while the usual caregiver is gone. 

Personal Assistance:  individuals hired to help the program recipient with eating, bathing, grooming, hygiene, chores, and other services, based on individuals’ needs.

Homemaker services: cooking, cleaning, etc.  Nursing/Nurses Aide: to have a RN or CNA to stay with the program recipient in the home.

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