Community Living Arrangements (CLAs), also known as group homes, offer residents the opportunity to live in a home in the community and to engage in work, social, and recreational activities in a safe, comfortable environment that promotes independence. Housing and assistance are available to people with intellectual disabilities who need a skilled nursing level of care or help performing Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).
Homes are small in size and generally serve six or fewer individuals in a traditional house or apartment. Staff is available 24 hours a day and provides assistance with personal needs, ADLs and medication administration and supervision as needed.
These programs are operated by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) or private agencies. To receive services, residents must be enrolled in a Medicaid Home and Community-Based Waiver Service (HCBS) called a Comprehensive Waiver.
In order to be eligible for CLAs, individuals must be a Connecticut resident and have an intellectual disability or a medical diagnosis of Prader-Willi Syndrome by a physician. As defined by the state, an intellectual disability is a significant limitation in intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior that originated before 18 years of age. To receive coverage for CLA services, applicants must also be eligible for Medicaid.
Eligibility for services does not assure that requests for services can be met immediately. Services of the Department of Developmental Services are provided on a priority basis and within available appropriations.