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"Emergency Need" Category
Persons in this category need to be served now, and cannot wait until a later, perhaps, unspecified date. The criteria for the "Emergency Need" category include:
Person needs in-home or day supports immediately
Individual needs immediate support to stay in their own home/family home (Short-term: 90 days or less). This category is for short term situations where, for example, the care giver is hospitalized or the individual has a short-term illness.
Individual needs immediate support to stay in their own home/family home or maintain their employment status (Long-term). This category is individuals, who can no longer live alone in their own homes due to health or behaviors, or where the individual's health or behavior has deteriorated significantly and added supports are needed to help the family keep the individual at home. This may also apply when the individual requires added supports to continue employment.
Care giver needs immediate support to keep their family member at home (Short-term: 90 days or less). This category is for situations where, for example, the care giver is recovering from an illness and needs temporary, enhanced supports to help in care giving.
Care giver needs immediate support to keep their family member at home (Long-term). This category is appropriate, for example, when the care giver is permanently disabled or terminally ill and needs long-term enhanced supports to keep their family member at home.
Care giver is unable or unwilling to continue providing care. This category is appropriate for individuals who have been left by their care givers at some location (e.g., state-operated developmental center) under the assumption that the person with developmental disabilities will be found quickly and provided with services. The care givers may not be found (e.g., left town or state).
Death of the care giver with no other help (e.g., other family) available. This category is appropriate for persons living with a single care giver who has died and the individual is now alone and in immediate need of someone to provide support. The individual cannot take care of her/himself and will be dangerous to her/himself or others without support being provided.
Individual has been committed by the court or is at risk of incarceration. This is appropriate for persons with developmental disabilities who have been remanded to the state to provide services. A judge/court order is required in this case.
Individual is living in a setting where there is suspicion of abuse or neglect. This is appropriate where there is question of possible abuse or neglect by the care giver or residential staff.
Individual is in an exceedingly expensive or inappropriate placement, and immediately needs a new place to live. This is appropriate for persons who are in a temporary placement
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