At the suggestion of Hannah’s developmental therapist, I called and got Hannah signed up for 3 Texas-based support programs. The waiting list is incredibly long for these programs, but at least Hannah will be in the system.
* CLASS (Community Living Assistance and Support Services): Provides home and community-based services to adults and children with related conditions as a cost-effective alternative to ICF-MR/RC institutional placement. People with related conditions have a qualifying disability, other than mental retardation, which originated before age 22, that affects their ability to function in daily life. Hannah’s place in the waitlist – #25,849 (approximately 12 years!)
* MDCP (Medically Dependent Children’s Program): Provides services to support families caring for children and young adults who are medically dependent and to encourage de-institutionalization of children in nursing facilities. Hannah’s place in the waitlist – #12×799 (approximately 9 years!)
* HCS (Home and Community Services): Similar to MDCP, but more community based.
The good thing about these programs now is that she will be in their system. There will be other services that she will be or may be eligible for that we could obtain much sooner (months rather than years) that would be very helpful, but we need to get “into the system” first!