One of our Shared Living Members shares his uplifting experience with his Shared Living Provider!
WHO IS A SHARED LIVING PROVIDER?
A Shared Living Provider subcontracts with an agency to provide direct support to an individual, with whom they share a home. They must be a certified Direct Support Professional (DSP) and comply with the Shared Living Handbook provided by DHHS. The Shared Living Provider is responsible for providing a supportive home environment, inclusion in the community, and providing the appropriate level of support. They’re responsible for the day-to-day activities which accomplish the desired outcomes of the individual’s Person-Centered Plan.
WHAT IS SHARED LIVING?
Shared Living is a residential service model in which services are provided to an individual by a person who meets the Direct Support Professional (DSP) requirements and with whom that individual shares a home.
HOW IT WORKS
Shared Living is for any individual with intellectual disabilities or autism who prefers to live in a family style setting. They must be eligible for MaineCare services under Section 21 or Section 29, and have their Person-Centered Planning (PCP) team determine the arrangement is appropriate.
WHO IS SHARED LIVING FOR?
Shared Living is one option in a range of housing and support services for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autistic disorders. The Shared Living model is supported by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) through the MaineCare program and provides many benefits to both the individual and the Shared Living Provider. The home that is shared may belong to the Shared Living Provider or the individual receiving services. The Shared Living Provider must enter into a contractual relationship with an Administrative Oversight Agency, like The Progress Center, in order to provide services under this model. The Administrative Oversight Agency supports the Shared Living Provider in fulfilling the requirements and obligations agreed upon by DHHS, the Administrative Oversight Agency, and the individual’s Personal Plan.