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A new program at Texas CILs is the result of the 84th Texas Legislature to provide Independent Living Services formerly authorized under the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services.  ILS funds will assist individuals in the Coastal Bend with products and services that will increase their ability to live independently without commitment to an employment objective. ILS will complement the provision of five core services that provide the foundation of the Coastal Bend Center for Independent Living, assisting individuals with disabilities to meet their goals. The core services are independent living skills assistance, information and referral, peer counseling, transition assistance and advocacy (personal and systemic), and are supported with funding from the US Department of Health & Human Services/Administration for Community Living.

Independent Living Core Services

A. Information and Referral Services;

information source on disability and community resources, including but not limited to: personal assistance, housing, employment, consumer rights, home modification, peer support, transportation, and recreation.

B. Independent Living Skills Training;

may include instruction to develop independent living skills in areas such as personal care, coping, financial management, social skills, and household management. This may also include education and training necessary for living in the community and participating in community activities.

C. Peer Counseling (including cross-disability peer counseling);

counseling, teaching, information sharing, and similar kinds of contact provided to consumers by other people with disabilities

D. Individual and Systems Advocacy

assistance and / or representation in obtaining access to benefits, services, and programs to which a consumer may be entitled; and

E. Transition Services that:

a. facilitate the transition of individuals with significant disabilities from nursing homes and other institutions to home and community-based residences, with the requisite supports and services;

b. provide assistance to individuals with significant disabilities who are at risk of entering institutions so that the individuals may remain in the community; and

c. facilitates the transition of youth who are individuals with significant disabilities who were eligible for individualized education programs under section 614(d) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S. C. 1414(d)), and who have completed their secondary education or otherwise left school, to post-secondary life.

Funded by Texas Health & Human Services Commission – Administration for Community Living