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Community Home (CRF)  

Community home for people with mental retardation home - A building or separate dwelling unit in which residential care is provided to one or more individuals with mental retardation, except as provided in §6400.3(f) (relating to applicability).  Each apartment unit within an apartment building is considered a separate home.  Each part of a duplex, if there is physical separation between the living areas, is considered a separate home.

Family Living (FL)

The private home of an individual or a family in which residential care is provided to one or two individuals with mental retardation...The term does not include a home if there are more than two individuals, including respite care individuals, living in the home at any one time who are not family members or relatives of the family members.  If relatives of the individual live in the home the total number of people living in the home at any one time who are not family members or relatives of the family members may not exceed four.

Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded (ICF/MR)

A program emanating from  Title XIX of the Social Security Act or Medicaid. The program is financed by federal and state funds. ICF/MR is specifically designed to provide "active treatment services" to persons who are mentally retarded or persons with related conditions, 'Active treatment' is defined as an aggressive and organized effort to assist each client attain their highest possible functional capacity through the development and implementation of an integrated and individually tailored program of services directed to achieve developmental objectives specified in measurable behavioral terms."

Support of Independent Living (SIL)

Support is provided in a residential setting in which there is ten hours or less direct staff contact per week per facility, and all residents sign their own lease without agency co-signature or own their own home. Support services are for those persons who can live independently and who can generally be expected to pay their own room and board costs.


 Adult Training Facility (ATF)

Adult training facility or facility - A building or portion of a building in which services are provided to four or more individuals, who are 59 years of age or younger and who do not have a dementia-related disease as a primary diagnosis, for part of a 24-hour day, excluding care provided by relatives. Services include the provision of functional activities, assistance in meeting personal needs and assistance in performing basic daily activities.

Facility-Based Vocational Rehabilitation (FBVR)

A premises in which rehabilitative, habilitative or handicapped employment or employment training is provided to one or more disabled clients for part of a 24-hour day. Includes such models as sheltered employment and work activities center, among others.

Supportive Employment (EMP)

Work in an integrated work site in which persons with developmental disabilities receive various supports of a short-term basis to ensure continued employment. Supports include follow-up by a trainer, work site job coaching and supervision, environmental adaptations and retraining, when necessary. There is one primary difference between supportive employment and supported employment. Supportive employment is time-limited, whereas supported employment involves more permanency and perhaps life-long support. The employer-employee relationship is usually between the employee and the business/industry.

Supported Employment (EMP)

Combines placement of severely handicapped persons in competitive jobs, with training on-the-job and long-term support services. It is paid employment for persons for whom competitive employment at or above the minimum wage is unlikely and who, because of the disabilities, need on-going support to perform their work. Support is provided through activities such as training, job coaching and supervision, etc., and involves at least two contacts per month to address individual needs. The employer-employee relationship is usually between the employee and the business/industry.

Early Intervention (EI)

Developmental Services which meet all of the criteria established in Act 212 of 1990. Early Intervention Services System Act for children from birth through age five. Services include but are not limited to, the following: (i) Family training. (ii) Social work services, including counseling and home visits. (iii) Special instruction. (iv) Speech pathology and audiology. (v) Occupational therapy. (vi) Physical therapy. (vii) Psychological services. (viii) Medical services only7 for diagnostic or evaluation purposes. (ix) Early identification, screening and assessment services. (x) Health services necessary to enable the infant or toddler to benefit from the other early intervention services. (xi) Assistive technology devices and services. (xii) For handicapped infants and toddlers, other services required by Part H.

Family Support Services (FSS)

Defined in § 6350 as Family Resource Services Program and designed to offer a variety of services to the family which has a family member with mental retardation living within the community, as well as to people with mental retardation who reside in community settings. The primary purposes of the program are (1) to provide adequate resources within the community to enable the family with a member with mental retardation to maintain that member at home with minimal stress or disruption to the family unit, and (2) to provide adequate resources within the community to enable the individual with mental retardation to remain in a family context in a community setting, thus leading as normal a life as possible.

Recreation (Rec)

Offered as part of Family Resource Services Program. Recreation programs should allow the person with mental retardation to experience regular community leisure-time activities, increase his/her ability to participate in these activities independently, and enhance his/her physical or psycho-social development, or both. The person with mental retardation is given every opportunity to interact with nonrelated people in the mainstream of activity within the community.

Older Adult Day Living Center (OADLC)

Premises operated for profit or not-for-profit in which older adult daily living services are simultaneously provided for four or more clients age 60 or older who are not relatives of the operator for part of a 24-hour day.