HCBS Habilitation Services Program

Program Summary:
Habilitation Servicesis aprogram to provide Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) for Iowans with the functional impairments typically associated with chronic mental illnesses. The federal Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 permitted states to offer home- and community-based services (HCBS) as a state plan option effective January 1, 2007. Using this option, the Department worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services to design aprogramto meet the service needs of Iowans with the functional limitations typically associated with chronic mental illness.

Habilitation Services are designed to assist participants in acquiring, retaining and improving the self-help, socialization and adaptive skills necessary to reside successfully in home and community-based settings. Services available through the program include:

  • Case Management- Provides service coordination and monitoring. Available as a Habilitation service when the individual does not otherwise qualify for targeted case management (Iowa Planor IME funded).
  • Home-Based Habilitation- Services provided in the person's home and community. Typical examples would be assistance with medication management, budgeting, grocery shopping, personal hygiene skills, etc.
  • Day Habilitation- Services that are usually provided in a day program setting outside the home. Focuses on areas such as social skills, communication skills, behavior management, etc.
  • Prevocational Services -Can be provided in a variety of settings, and focus on developing generalized skills that prepare a person for employment. Typical examples include attendance, safety skills, following directions, and staying on task.
  • Supported Employment- Assists in obtaining and keeping a job in the community. Assists in placing the individual in a job in a regular work setting with persons without disabilities at minimum wage or higher, and provides support to maintain the job. Typical examples would include: skills assessments, consultation with the employer, job coaching, and behavior management.

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