Community Living Services Program
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:
- Home Modifications including adding a ramp for wheelchair access to the home, bathroom modifications such as roll in showers and grab bars and other modifications to make a home accessible to a person with a disability.
- Assistive Devices and Equipment including items such as hearing aids and amplified telephones.
- Communication Services including items such as touch screens, speech keyboards and synthesized speech output devices (used with computers) as well as training in equipment use, Braille instruction, and reading services.
- Vehicle Modifications including van conversion to accommodate a wheelchair, wheelchair and scooter lifts, hand controls such as a spinner knob on the steering wheel to allow controlled steering with just one hand and other specialized modifications.
- Durable Medical Equipment such as a shower chair, walker, and related items.
Funding and Services
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 fifty-five 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 cannot locate the necessary resources, the individual’s name is placed on the waiting list and served in order of request as resources become available.
Independent Living philosophy
This program operates under the independent living philosophy of consumer control, peer support, self-help, self-determination, equal access, and individual and systems advocacy to maximize the leadership, empowerment, independence, and productivity of individuals with disabilities, and their integration and full inclusion into the mainstream of American society.
Our Homes, Not Nursing Homes
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.