The Arc’s Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) Program is
a residential program that is community-based, providing supports
and services to people with developmental disabilities that choose
to reside primarily in Iroquois County. The supports are designed to
target individuals with developmental disabilities who have chosen
to reside in rental/personally purchased/family homes within
surrounding communities. By residing in a CILA individuals receive
the supervised supportive services, which promote residential
stability in the living environment in which they have chosen.
Supports are provided in all settings in which the individual
decides to participate. Assisting individuals to live, work, and
socialize in “natural environments” with the level of support
determined on an individual basis is the primary focus of our
program. The CILA Program takes a person-centered approach to
providing services to any person with a developmental disability who
chooses to reside in a home, requiring 24 hour to intermittent
supervision (level of staff support is based on the needs of the
individual), through an annual service plan (every 6 months if
mental illness has been diagnosed) based on the desires of the
individual. Services are provided, obtained, and coordinated to
provide continuity for each individual while utilizing the
availability of our resources.
Currently the CILA Program provides support services to 87
individuals living in the community. All 87 have been diagnosed with
a developmental disability, and some of those individuals also
receive services to address their mental illness needs. The total
age span for our program is 21 years of age to 74 years of age.
Services and supports are provided and designed to meet basic needs
in the areas of Economic Self Sufficiency, Medical/Medication,
Community Integration, Independence in Daily Living Skills, and any
other priority areas of need as determined by the individual.
Services are provided to assist individuals with transportation,
employment, governmental benefits, medical services, counseling,
money management/financial affairs, community involvement, shopping,
coordinating efforts from all other service providers, and obtaining
evaluations/assessments and following up with the recommendations.
We work individually with each person in their decision to move. Who
they prefer as a roommate, what community to reside in, who will
work with them, how their lifestyle will change, and how to be a
successful participant in their chosen community. We work closely
with other agencies/counties to assist individuals in receiving the
services they request/require. Providing education and creating
awareness of individuals with developmental disabilities, their
families, and the community about least restrictive environments
available, such as CILAs is a constant. Individuals choose whether
or not CILA living is the best choice for them and they along with
their families decide whether or not to enter the program.
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