Pathways to Independence
The Community Reintegration Program is designed to assist people currently living in nursing homes to re-establish their lives independently in the community.
Persons with disabilities living in nursing homes often face barriers to leaving such as:
- isolation from the community
- lack of resources to pay rent and the security deposit
- inability to purchase other necessary items to create a home
- lack of family support
- lack of information regarding available options; etc.
IVCIL’s Community Reintegration Program helps people with disabilities to overcome these barriers and assist them in moving back into their community of choice.
Who may qualify for the MFP Program?
A person with a long-term disability who currently resides in a nursing home and has been there at least 3 months who is under the age of 60 except in certain cases who has less than $17,500 in assets (a car and house do not count) who is willing and able to take charge of his or her life whose doctor must agree to discharge is eligible for Medicaid.
What can IVCIL do for you?
work with nursing home staff to ensure a smooth transition.
identify and secure community services and resources.
locate and assist with applying for appropriate public or private housing in the community.
provide a caregiver if needed.
Provide financial assistance with:
down payment of rent, utility deposits, and hook-up charges,
furniture, appliances, curtains, dishes, linens, clothing, initial cleaning supplies,
an initial stock of food staples, and other necessities that are approved
the purchase of equipment or assistive devices, although funding may come from other sources
the cost of essential home remodeling for accessibility, although funding may come from other sources.
After the move, IVCIL staff provide follow-up visits on a set schedule to ensure continued success.
Be willing to take an active role in the provision of services.
Be willing to participate in a Quality of Life survey over the phone 2-3 times after transition to the community.
Be willing to cooperate with the recommendations of IVCIL and UIC staff.