TCRC believes that people with developmental disabilities should be able to participate in family life and in the community where they live. A high priority is placed on supporting children living with their families and an equally high priority for adults living as independently as possible in their communities. Persons served by the regional center who are eligible for Supplemental Security Income use this income or Medi-Cal benefits to pay in part for residential services. Parents whose children are in residential programs will be charged a parental fee by the Department of Developmental Services. This fee is on a sliding scale.
People may choose to remain living with their families after becoming adults. They may also wish to live independently from family in their own home or in a licensed residential home. If the young adult chooses to live in his or her own apartment, an application for subsidized housing may be appropriate. There is a long waiting list for Section 8 and other subsidized housing options, so an application should be made well in advance. Supported Living Services (SLS) and Independent Living Services (ILS) may be options for some adults.
Licensed residential homes are located in community settings and can be an option for either adults or children. Adult Family Home Agencies and Foster Home Agencies can provide similar home-like settings as well. The goal for all residential services is to maintain the highest level of independence possible while offering the person a safe place to live.
If you are considering a residential facility, your Service Coordinator can help arrange visits to licensed residential homes in your community.
All living arrangements are expected to provide an atmosphere that respects the individual’s preferences, values, ethnic differences, and beliefs and maximizes individual growth, self-sufficiency and independence. Homes should be located in neighborhoods allowing for independent access to community resources. Provisions for health care and for the overall physical and emotional well-being of persons served by the regional center are expected to be supported.