Irvine, CA (PressExposure) February 10, 2014 -- Integrated Resources Institute (IRI) has been approved by the Regional Center of Orange County (RCOC) as a vendor for Independent and Supported Living Services for persons with disabilities. IRI Regional Manager Suad Bisogno will be attending the first ILS/SLS Vendor meeting at RCOC. "We are blessed and fortunate to be able to provide support services for persons with disabilities," said Joseph Nacario the IRI director.
Supported Living Services (SLS) consist of a broad range of services to adults with developmental disabilities who, through the Individual Program Plan (IPP) process, choose to live in homes they themselves own or lease in the community. SLS may include:
Assistance with selecting and moving into a home;
Choosing personal attendants and housemates;
Acquiring household furnishings;
Common daily living activities and emergencies;
Becoming a participating member in community life; and,
Managing personal financial affairs, as well as other supports.
These services help individuals exercise meaningful choice and control in their daily lives, including where and with whom to live. SLS is designed to foster individuals' nurturing relationships, full membership in the community, and work toward their long-range personal goals. Because these may be life-long concerns, Supported Living Services are offered for as long and as often as needed, with the flexibility required to meet a persons' changing needs over time, and without regard solely to the level of disability. Typically, a supported living service agency works with the individual to establish and maintain a safe, stable, and independent life in his or her own home. But it is also possible for some individuals to supervise their services themselves, to secure the maximum possible level of personal independence.
The guiding principles of SLS are set down in Section 4689(a) of the Lanterman Act. The Department's regulations for SLS are found in Title 17, Division 2, Chapter 3, Subchapter 19 (Sections 58600 et seq) of the California Code of Regulations (CCR).
Individuals who choose to live in their own homes, and their agencies or other people who support them, often will need information about affordable housing options, sources of financial support such as Supplementary Security Income (SSI), and how to stretch a limited budget to meet living expenses. These are the ordinary challenges that are inseparable from a truly self-directed life in the community. For the many adults for whom SLS makes great sense, such challenges are often also road signs on the path to a satisfying life.