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In Fiscal Year 2010, through the support of the WV Legislature and the WV Division of Rehabilitation Services, the WV Centers for Independent Living received funding to provide independent living services to 142 West Virginians living with disabilities.
Today, those 142 West Virginians remain in their homes and communities, 32 of whom were at risk of institutionalization. This represents a savings to the state of approximately 2.2 million dollars in nursing home care annually.
The WV Centers for Independent Living are urging the WV Legislature to continue to support basic independent living services that are critical to the lives of the over 400,000 individuals with disabilities in West Virginia. We are requesting the WV Legislature restore the WV Division of Rehabilitation Services' Independent Living Services budget in the amount of $500,000.
The purpose of the Community Living Services Program (CLSP) is to "ensure that West Virginians with disabilities have equal access to the resources and supports they need to live self-determined, independent livings in their own homes and communities."
Services provided through the CLSP include:
The WV Division of Rehabilitation Services contracted with the WV Centers for Independent Living to provide independent living services to West Virginians with disabilities. Fiscal Year 2010 statistics include:
As of June 30, 2010, waiting lists maintained by the WV Centers for Independent Living totaled 403 people.
The current wait time is a minimum of two years. West Virginia is not eligible for any additional federal funding for independent living and it is critical the State of West Virginia continue to maintain and consider increasing this level of funding.
IL services enable West Virginians with disabilities to return to or remain in their own homes and communities and are critical to West Virginia's compliance with the most integrated setting provision set forth in Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and upheld by the US Supreme Court in the Olmstead Decision. IL services are also a critical component for the implementation of the WV Olmstead Plan.
See the waiting list by counties for more information.
West Virginians served by the Community Living Services program in 2010:
For more information contact Brenda Goodfellow, WVCIL Coordinator at 304-652-2116 or firstname.lastname@example.org.