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The Community Living Services Program (CLSP) assists individuals with disabilities to function more independently in their homes and communities.
State and federal funding from this program provide independent living services such as:
To apply for independent living services through this program, locate your county on the Community Living Services Program county list and the name and contact information for the Center for Independent Living serving your county.
The WV State Plan for Independent Living, developed jointly with the WV Statewide Independent Living Council, the West Virginia Centers for Independent Living, and the WV Division of Rehabilitation Services, indicates that Title VII, Chapter 1, Part B Independent Living (IL) services will be available to people with disabilities in all 55 counties of West Virginia. This is due to an overwhelming need for IL services across the state.
When we do receive requests for IL services, CIL staff make every effort to locate resources that will help that individual. When we can not locate the necessary resources, the individual's name is always put on the waiting list and served in order of request as resources become available.
Mountain State Centers for Independent Living wanted to bring awareness of the successes and the empowerment of people with disabilities through all our community service programs. We also wanted to get the community involved with sponsoring and volunteering for the Community Living Services Program. Starting in 2004, we had our first Walk for Independence and community involvement and awareness grows each year.
Learn more about the Walk for Independence.
MTSTCIL awarded Mr. James Brooks of Brooks Remodeling in Raleigh County the "Community Partner Award" for 2007 at the Walk for Independence 2007. Mr Brooks received the award for his gift of independence to the Independent Living community. Brooks Remodeling donated and installed a home ramp for a Raleigh County wheelchair user who was no longer able to use steps and had been unable to leave his home without assistance.
This program operates under the independent living philosophy of consumer control, peer support, self-help, self-determination, equal access, and individual and systems advocacy in order to maximize the leadership, empowerment, independence and productivity of individuals with disabilities, and their integration and full inclusion into the main stream of American society.
Independent Living 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.
For more information on the Olmstead Decision please visit the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Web site.