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Where Can I Get Services if I Have IDD?

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) can choose where to live. Where you live depends on what you want, as well as which services you qualify for. You can live in:

  • Your own home
  • A group home with other people with IDD
  • An intermediate care facility for individuals with an intellectual disability or a related condition (ICF/IID) in your community
  • A state supported living center

Community ICF/IIDs

Community ICF/IIDs come in many shapes and sizes. You can live in a home with a few other people or you can live in a facility with many people. At both, employees are there to help you 24 hours a day.

You get to help decide on the types of services you get. This is called your individual service plan. This plan is reviewed once a year. The plan can be changed as needed.

You will have help with managing things, such as:

  • Taking medicine
  • Dressing, cooking or bathing
  • Managing your behaviors

Who Monitors ICF/IIDs?

DADS certifies ICF/IIDs and inspects each facility once a year. The state looks into complaints against facilities.

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Your Rights

People who live in an ICF/IID have the same rights as everyone else. These brochures will help you understand your rights.

Home and Community-based Services Program

People who get services from the Home and Community-based Services (HCS) program can live in their own home or in a small group home.

Interest List

Because there are more people who want HCS services than the state can pay for, your name would be placed on a interest list. You will be contacted when you can start getting services.

Service Planning

You get to help decide on the types of services you get. This is called your individual service plan. This plan is reviewed once a year to see if it still works for you. The plan can be changed as needed.

People in HCS may get:

  • Adaptive aids
  • Caregiver respite
  • Daytime programs
  • Dental treatment
  • Nursing services
  • Specialized therapies
  • Supported employment
  • Supported home living

Group Homes

If you live in an HCS group home, you will share a home with up to four people who also have IDD. People will help you take medicine, get dressed or bathe, cook, and manage your behaviors.

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Your Rights

People in the HCS program have the same rights as everyone else. These brochures will help you understand your rights.

Texas Home Living Program

Texas Home Living (TxHmL) helps people with IDD who live with their families or in their own homes. DADS sets a limit on how much they will pay for services.

Service Planning

You get to help decide on the types of services you get. This is called your individual service plan. This plan is reviewed once a year. The plan can be changed as needed.

If you qualify for the TxHmL program, you might receive:

  • Adaptive aids
  • Behavior support
  • Caregiver respite
  • Community support
  • Daytime programs
  • Dental treatment
  • Help getting and keeping a job
  • Nursing services
  • Specialized therapies

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Your Rights

People in the TxHmL program have the same rights as everyone else. These brochures will help you understand your rights.

State Supported Living Centers

Texas has 13 state supported living centers. They are in all parts of the state. They specialize in helping people who have medical and behavioral problems. Visit the living center website to learn more.

Service Planning

If you choose to call a living center home, you will help plan the types of assistance you get. This is called your individual service plan. This plan will be reviewed§ once a year. The plan can be changed as needed.

You will have help with managing things, such as:

  • Taking medicine
  • Dressing, cooking or bathing
  • Managing your behaviors

Who Monitors Living Centers?

DADS certifies the state supported living centers and inspects them once a year. The state also looks into complaints.

Each living center has a full-time ombudsman to help residents, family members, staff and others who have concerns about the centers.

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Your Rights

Living center residents have the same rights as everyone else. These brochures will help you understand your rights.

Where Do I Call To Get These Services?

Begin by calling your local IDD authority, which will guide you through the application process and help you find the best place for you to live.

What You Need to Know About DADS Services

Click here to find out other things you need to know about getting help from DADS, including the application porcess, your rights and interest lists.

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Updated: May 7, 2015