DCBDD’s Family Support Services assist children aged three through nine years old and their families by increasing independence and removing barriers in the home and community. Family support administrators work with families to assist with the transition to preschool and through a child’s elementary school years. The support administrators are also available to work with families to help navigate a child’s individualized support plan, and connect families with community resources and services beyond the school district. DCBDD support services are need based, outlined in an individualized support plan, and must be preauthorized prior to implementation.
To find out if your child is eligible for services, visit DCBDD’s intake page here.
Locally-funded services could include:
• Adaptation/modification: Funds may help to cover the cost of a one-time, non-recurring purchase of tangible and non-typical items that remove barriers and/or increase a child’s independence. Co-pay may apply. Adaptation/Modification items could include: hearing aids, adapted car seats, ramps, and equipment that have been modified, adapted, or selected/fitted specifically for a child.
• Community inclusion: The purpose of this funding is to provide opportunities for individuals to connect with other community members and participate in activities alongside their peers.
• Counseling/conferences and education for the family: Individual or group counseling for family members relating to the disability and to help further a family’s knowledge of their child’s special needs. This includes educational materials that are designed to increase a family’s capacity of care, interactions, and understanding of a child with special needs.
• Equipment: This includes therapy equipment and calming aids recommended by a therapist.
• Respite: Respite provides the opportunity for a brief reprieve for caregivers. Parents can choose from DCBDD providers or a family secured provider of their own. Family secured providers must meet specific criteria prior to starting services.
• Specialized classes/camps: Specialized classes and camps support therapeutic goals related to the child’s diagnosed disability.
• Therapies: This includes both traditional and non-traditional therapies that are supported by empirical research including behavioral therapy and consultation.
For questions about Family Support Services, please contact Kristy Schaber, Family Support Administration manager at 740.201.5804.