WHAT TYPES OF SERVICES ARE
In order to access
Family Support Services, you or your family member must be currently eligible for Board services.
More than 60 percent of our families utilize Family
Support Services (FSS) to pay for respite care.
Families are responsible for choosing their own
provider, whether it is a family approved provider
or one from a list of licensed providers.
Include items needed for therapy; or specialized
equipment for the home, school or family vehicle.
Covers individual pool passes, summer school
programs, and summer camps or retreats.
This may include medical supplies, diapers and
general supplies needed for the individual not
covered under any other services.
Home modifications may be needed to
help the individual live more comfortably. Ramps are
also covered for the family home, although other
sources must be exhausted before utilizing these
May help families cover the cost of copays and/or
alternative therapies. These therapies may include
standard physical, speech and occupational therapy,
but also holistic and alternative therapies not
covered by insurance and/or Medicaid.
Medication expenses and any
special dietary needs.
Other Special Requests:
Any reasonable request will be considered.
CAN I CHOOSE MY OWN PROVIDER?
majority of respite will be provided by family-selected
and approved providers. When FSS funds are used to pay a
family-approved provider, it is the responsibility of
the family to negotiate the payment rate.
However, families must negotiate rates that are
consistent with their annual allocation for services.
Once the annual allocation is spent, no
additional funds will be available.
Family-approved providers are required to fill out a
provider packet prior to providing respite paid for with
FSS funds. This packet includes waiver of liability,
training and certification waiver agreement for
family-approved provider, and authorization to
transport. Consistent with Board policy (Section 4.11),
other non-generic providers of FSS services must be
certified by the DoDD as a provider of supported living
ELIGIBILITY AND THE APPROVAL
order to be referred to the Family Support Services
program, you or your family member must be currently
eligible for Licking County Board of DD services.
Your service coordinator will be
happy to help you with any questions or with filling out
the yearly plan. Specific directions are given on the last
page of the FSS Plan. This plan needs to be completed
and returned to:
For more information, please call Jennifer at (740)
349-6588, or send an e-mail to
The amount of FSS allocations will be based on the number of families
applying, needs identified by the family and a maximum
amount of money available for the total program. Once
approved, families will receive a packet of information
that will include the following:
Payment of Authorization or voucher for (includes
total money available to you).
Approval letter with a list of service codes for the
services you are approved to use.
A copy of the appeals process.
Timesheets if you have requested respite.
A provider packet if you have requested respite.