Individual & Family Support Program

Overview

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigated the Commonwealth of Virginia’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the U.S. Supreme Court Olmstead ruling. The results concluded that the Commonwealth failed to provide services to individuals with intellectual and development disabilities in the most integrated setting, a requirement of the Olmstead ruling. 

In 2012, the Commonwealth and DOJ reached a settlement agreement which resolved the Commonwealth’s compliance with the ADA and Olmstead ruling. As part of the settlement agreement, the Commonwealth created the Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP) grant fund. The purpose of this fund is to assist individuals on the waitlist for Virginia’s Developmental Disabilities (DD) waivers to support them in their community as they wait for funding of their waiver.

A maximum of $1,000 (minimum $200) per fiscal year per individual on the waitlist is available.

Please note: IFSP funds are one-time funds and are not guaranteed to be awarded the following year.

Eligibility

Criteria:

  • Individual must be on a wait list for Virginia’s DD waivers.
  • Individual must live in the most integrated setting.
    • Integrated settings are community-based, such as the individual’s own home or home of a family member.

Process:

    • Individual, or responsible party on behalf of the individual, can apply.
      • One application per fiscal year is allowed per individual.
    • Applications are accepted only during annual-specific time frames to be determined by DBHDS.
    • Verify that the individual is currently on the DD waiver waitlist.
    • Access the IFSP portal.
      • If this is your first time applying, please register an account first.
      • If you have previously applied, please use your same log-in.
    • Create and draft an application.
      • Complete information regarding applicant’s personal demographics.
      • If applicable, complete information regarding responsible party’s personal demographics.
        • Responsible party must complete information regarding relationship to the individual.
      • Complete information regarding assistance and resources.
      • Complete information regarding needs.
        • Covered services and supports:
          • Safe living: Durable Medical Equipment (DME), home modifications, location devices, fencing, home security, etc.
          • Improved health outcomes: Therapies/ABA, Assistive Technology (AT), dental care, medical co-pays, nutritional supports, etc.
          • Emergency supports: Mortgage/Rental/Utility payments (limited to one month only).
          • Community integration: Activities/Recreation, family education and trainings, summer camp, transportation services, etc.
        • Non-Covered services and supports:
          • Clothing not related to the applicants disability.
          • Food (not related to special dietary needs associated with the disability or as part of a recreational experience).
          • Purchase of vehicles or general vehicle repairs (This does not include vehicle adaptations like lifts).
          • Vacations.
          • Installment payments for automobiles and auto insurance.
      • Save draft of application.
      • Submit during open application time frame.
        • Individual will be advised of the status of the application after the submission process.

Useful Links

Virginia Sites

Additional Resources

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