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Support for Children with Developmental Disabilities

D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s provides Family Support Services to families of children under the age of 18 with a developmental disability, in Kent County. Support Coordinators respond to the expressed needs and desires of the family and provide concrete assistance in coordinating a family support system and resources. Supports coordinators provide linking, monitoring, and coordinating with services within the community. Supports Coordinators work with the families and consumers to develop a person-centered plan (PCP) to assist the family and child in achieving goals in the areas of activities of daily living, improving the child’s ability to communicate and interact with his/her environment and promoting inclusion and participation in the community. These services are primarily provided within the home at least one time per month and include providing a 24-hour per day crisis response.

Support Coordinators respond to the expressed needs and desires of the family and provide concrete assistance in coordinating a family support system and resources. The following services are offered:

Supports Coordination

Support Coordinators respond to the expressed needs and desires of the family and provide concrete assistance in coordinating a family support system and resources.

Community Living Support Services
CLS aides provide 1:1 assistance with the child. CLS provides necessary supports to children by teaching and training them to live as independently as they can and to promote community inclusion and participation.

Enhanced Health Care Services

Available to those that are authorized for supports coordination services including, but not limited to psychiatric services and medication reviews.

Respite Services

Provide temporary assistance to the unpaid primary caregiver in order to support the ability of the individual to live in his/her natural community home. The child must have Medicaid to be eligible for respite services.

Family Empowerment Program
This program is targeting those children with complex needs, typically having high behavioral needs, potentially at risk for out of home placement, and requiring a large amount of supportive services to maintain stability. This program is intended to be time-limited, very intensive, focused on stabilization and requiring high family engagement and involvement.

Family Support Subsidy

The Family Support Subsidy (FSS) Program provides financial assistance to families that include a child with severe developmental disabilities. The intent is to help make it possible for children with developmental disabilities to remain with or return to their birth or adoptive families. The program provides a monthly payment of $222.11. Families are able to use this money for special expenses incurred while caring for their child.

Qualifications:
• Child must be younger than 18 years of age and live in the family home in Michigan.
• The family's most recently filed Michigan income tax form must show a taxable income of $60,000 or less.
• The Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team of the local public or intermediate school district must recommend the child for an educational eligibility category of severe cognitive impairment, severe multiple impairment or autism spectrum disorder. Children with autism spectrum disorder must be receiving special education services in a program for students with autism spectrum disorder or in a program for students with severe cognitive impairment or severe multiple impairments.
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Families seeking services may access these services by contacting Laura Cook at D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s directly at 616.451.2021 to schedule an in person screening to determine eligibility for services.
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