DS Services

Developmental Services
Supports Coordination
Supports Coordination (SC) provides supports and services to persons with developmental disabilities in a manner that promotes individual choice and community inclusion. Simply, SC services are about advocacy, linkage, monitoring, and coordinating of and to services.
  • Supports Coordination services are received by all individuals enrolled in the DS System. 
  • Supports Coordinators assist individuals in developing their individual support plans, choosing providers and informal supports, and monitoring the administration of services. 


Local Supports Coordination Organizations
Community Participation Support (CPS)
Community Participation Support provides opportunities and support for community inclusion and building interest in and developing skills in a broad range of integrated activities that build on the participant’s interest, preferences and strengths. The activities should reflect the individuals desired outcomes related to employment, community involvement and membership.
Family Support Services (FSS)

Family supports services is a family-directed program that utilizes a small amount of funds to choose the services and supports the family needs.


Financial Management Services (FMS)
Financial management services provide a service to help people hire, pay, and manage their own individual providers of service. There are two models from which to choose.
  • Agency Choice FMS: Family/consumer co-manage their services with a provider.
  • Vendor/Fiscal FMS: Family/consumer is the employer of record.


Home and Community Supports
Home and Community supports are designed to provide assistance, support and guidance to individuals in areas that include self-care, health maintenance, home management, decision making, socialization and use of community resources. The type and amount of support are based on the individual needs of the individual.


Residential Programs
  • Licensed Community Homes are able to provide round the clock assistance and supervision of an individual both in the home and in the multitude of social and community gatherings that are offered through providers.
  • Life Sharing through Family Living allows an individual to live in a family environment with trained individuals providing care. Depending upon the consumer, these homes can be licensed or unlicensed. They can also be with a family member.
  • Supported Living services are provided to protect the health and welfare of participants by assisting them with self-care, health maintenance, wellness, meal preparation, decision making, home management, communication, mobility and transportation.



Respite is a service provided on a short-term emergency basis to relieve the primary caregivers. Respite services may be provided in the person’s home, the home of a family member or friend, or in an agency licensed respite home. Respite services may also be provided by someone that the person and family already knows who is qualified. Respite services also include specialized camps.


Specialized Supports
Specialized support services are provided by health care and other professionals that enable individuals and families to increase or maintain their ability to perform activities of daily living. Examples of such services are:
  • physical therapy
  • occupational therapy
  • speech and language therapy
  • visual and mobility therapy
  • behavioral therapy
  • visiting nurse services
  • nursing services
Supported Employment

Achieving employment and community inclusion are the first consideration and preferred outcome for working-age individuals. Supported Employment and Small Group Employment are services offered that encourage and support individuals with employment goals. The services include discovery, job development, job coaching and supports for job stabilization and retention.


Supports Broker Services

This service is available to participants who elect to self-direct their own services. It is designed to assist individuals with employer related functions in order to be successful in self-directing their needed services.


Transportation Services

Transportation is a direct service that enables participants to access services and activities specified in the approved service plan.


Vendor Services

Vendor services can include environmental adaptations, assistive technology, and homemaker/chore supports. An example of vendor services is the building of a wheelchair ramp at your home. For more information about specific vendor services, please contact your Supports Coordinator.