Individualized Supported Living

In the Individualized Supported Living (ISL) program, two or three individuals with disabilities live together in a house or apartment that they rent or own themselves and staff provide support up to 24 hours a day. When people have time alone in their homes, the agency provides a pager number that will be responded to at all times. In general, people receiving services in Individualized Supported Living are expected to have some productive or habilitative activity from 9 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday. people who receive support through this program are expected to contribute to their household by doing most of the cooking, cleaning, laundry, and business of the home themselves with staff instruction and support. For example, rent, utility, and telephone bills are generally paid from a person's own checking account with staff assistance. People who live in ISL's are deeply connected to their home community and are encouraged to walk and use public transportation and para transportation whenever appropriate to access community resources. Staff also drive people in staff's personal vehicles. Another option is to have the use of vehicles owned for them by relatives.

People who receive ISL services have extremely individualized services designed to fit their needs very precisely. These services must be accessed through the Kansas City Regional Office for Developmental Disabilities' Community placement program.