In order to qualify as an independent adult or in the case of a disabled person, a resident of the Independent Living Support System, an applicant seeking approval for a residency or a petition to start a new resident independent living support plan: (a) an applicant has to obtain a valid application for registration, a valid certificate of registration under this name; (b) an applicant must also prove that the plan will serve or intends to serve under-represented communities or other groups under the category of minorities or individuals with disabilities; and (c) the applicant must show that it is reasonably likely that an additional person will join the plan at some point in the future, especially with the ongoing need for independent living supports among such groups. There are three types of independent living support systems: independent living program (IFLP); independent living community (ILC); and independent living facility (ILF). Each of these programs is designed to meet a specific need among those with physical disabilities and mental health disorders. Independent living programs provide opportunities for self-directed living as well as assistance to develop activities that enrich a person’s life.
The Independent Living program is designed for adults with developmental disabilities. It is a multi-level independent living center providing appropriate services that can make their lives a bit easier. The IFLP is a residential center that serve people who are physically disabled and/or mentally ill, and it has a group of facilities where these people can live in a controlled environment, while attending one of its 12 residential homes. The ILC is a service organization serving adults with mental illness and physical disabilities. This service organization offers a range of independent living services to its members, including housing and food programs, socialization, occupational therapy, medical care, medical education, and community-based programming. The ILF is an organization which provides services to individuals, families, and communities with the purpose of assisting individuals with developmental disabilities.
The Independent Living Support System was developed by the federal government as an option for those who have special needs, who are disabled and/or have a mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders. It is not an assisted living program. Those who qualify can choose to live in a facility, which offers all of the services provided by a traditional assisted living center, but is not assisted living. Residents may choose to stay in a private residence if they wish to. They can also choose a facility where they receive some or all of the services of an independent living program.