Florida disability benefit programs.
Resources are provided to Florida residents with a disability. The types of assistance and services administered are wide ranging. These resources are focused on the needs of the disabled. In addition, individuals may also be able to benefit from other, more typical low income programs.
The state of Florida has several different organizations that participate in helping the disabled and they also work with agencies and even non-profits as needed. Staff ensure that they get the support they need. This can include housing, meals, home care, transportation, medical care, and more. Some of the disability benefits in Florida are focused on seniors while others are for low income residents.
A number of housing programs are offered by the Florida Housing Finance Corporation. Most of what they can provide is done so by referring individuals to local or national programs, which can include section 811 rental assistance vouchers or subsidized housing.
Contact the agency to get information on buying or renting a home, receive support from the Fair Housing Act for Persons with Disabilities, and also get free, general information about housing options and solutions.
One of the main statewide groups is the Florida Supportive Housing Coalition. This agency supports the elderly, certain veterans (including those with a disability) returning from service abroad, people at risk or suffering from homelessness, the disabled, and other groups. The coalition is mostly involved in ensuring safe and affordable housing is available.
For more information on housing resources, call the Florida Housing Finance Corporation at 850.488.4197.
Financial aid may be available from ACCESS Florida, which is run by Department of Children and Families. This organization can also support the disabled, provided conditions are met by the applicants. This may be the primary government agency that distributes cash assistance and other benefits. Food, grants, housing support, and medical care can all be provided to those that need help.
- The state's Food Assistance Program helps income qualified disabled individuals and families purchase the groceries and nutritional foods they need for their health.
- Basic needs and bills can be paid by the Temporary Cash Assistance. It can help certain qualified residents pay their rent, utility bills, and other living expenses.
- Health care is provided by the federal government and state of Florid Medicaid Program. This can provide free or low cost medical care to qualified individuals. It can help pay for the cost of medications, care and other services that are determined to be medically necessary.
- Receive information on vocational training, employment programs, and job programs for the disabled.
For more on these benefits or to apply, call (866) 762-2237.
One of the leading organizations in Florida is the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD). While they work closely with the Department of Children and Families, APD is a separate group. The agency is focused on meeting the needs of Floridians that have developmental disabilities.
The agency really works closely with local communities and non-profits. They assist people who have developmental disabilities, their caregivers and families. Staff can direct residents to support and other social services. Much of the focus is on people with Autism, Cerebral palsy, Spina bifida, Intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, and Prader-Willi syndrome. But other conditions may be supported as well in the form of referrals. Call the center at 1-866-273-2273 for information.
In-Home Community Services is available from different places, including the Adult Protective Services Program. The disabled can receive ongoing case management and in-home services. The state of Florida sets guidelines for the in home care. This will apply to adults with disabilities. Most of the services provided will be to get people to reside in family-type living arrangements, such as private homes, as an alternative to nursing home or institutional care.
The clients who qualify for benefits are adults with disabilities. They will range in age from 18 through 59 years and most will have permanent physical or mental limitations. They will generally be unable to perform normal activities of daily living on their own and do not have the capacity to live independently. Adult Protective Services will offer them case management and other in-home services.
Home Care can be administered for disabled adults. What may be offered includes a small financial subsidy as well as ongoing case management services. The financial aid will be issued to their caregivers and, as indicated, this is form those who would otherwise be placed into some type of nursing home.
The financial assistance and subsidy payments issued will be to help pay for the cost of food, housing, rent, clothing, and other key incidentals. Some additional funds may be used to pay for medical, pharmaceutical, and dental care. This will only be for those needs that are not paid for by government programs such as Medicaid or Medicare.
Another benefit issued is a special, pre-authorized reimbursed supplemental subsidy. This will need to be used to pay for equipment, assistive devices, supplies, and other key services. The money will only be for those items that are regarded as essential to the health and well being of the individual.
The Florida Community Care for Disabled Adults, or CCDA, is for residents that have a permanent physical or mental disability. The condition needs to restrict their ability to perform activities needed for daily living and the disability also needs to impede their capacity to live independently.
Community Care for Disabled Adults will offer referrals to benefits and financial assistance programs that can be used for in-home services. The state will help adults with disabilities live reasonably independent and dignified lives in their own homes. Some of the resources offered include adult day care; chore services; case management; transportation, homemaker service; and personal care as well. The programs will enhance the individual's quality of life, help them remain in the least restrictive environment, and prevent early institutionalization. For those who can leave the home, they may have information on employment and vocation training.
Another program that can help disabled adults to be cared for in their homes is the Aged and Disabled Adult Medicaid Waiver. It is for permanently disabled adults under the age of 59 who may be at risk of being placed into some form of private or public long-term care facility.
In order to be qualified for this particular benefit, the applicant must meet Medicaid financial eligibility thresholds and also the level of care that is needed for nursing home placement. The Aged and Disabled Adult Waiver program is run locally and each district is responsible for the administration of the program in their town or county. What may also be offered includes case management services, information and referrals to other community service providers. In addition, the Florida Aged and Disabled Adult Waiver may provide for free home delivered meals, personal care, homemaker services, day care, and other services.
Consumer Directed Care Plus allows recipients the ability to better manage the state and federal government Medicaid funds. So they have more control over what is needed for their medically necessary care.
To get more information on these and other programs that can help people with disabilities or to get more information on benefits offered, call 1-866-273-2273. Specialists can advise residents on options available to them.