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Idaho disability benefit programs.

Several different Idaho programs are available for residents with a disability. Many of them are administered by the Department of Health and Welfare, often in partnership with other state organizations or non-profit agencies. Benefits are also available regardless of age or income and they can assist children, seniors, caregivers, and others.

The state will ensure job training and vocational programs are in place, that the disabled can receive home delivered meals, get access to energy bill assistance, and more. While each resource will have a formal application process in place, there are different options available for clients.

The Department of Developmental Disabilities, or DD, which is part of the Department of Health and Welfare, assists both adults and children with disabilities. What may be offered includes, but is not limited to, home modifications, physical and occupational therapy, housing, chore services, nursing services, employment support, free food, respite care, habilitative supports, and crisis intervention.

The benefits provided will ideally result in improvements such as receptive and expressive language, self-care, learning, self-direction, capacity for independent living, or economic self-sufficiency. Clients will receive generic care, treatment or other services which are often as long as needed.

Idaho’s self direction program is known as My Voice, My Choice. It is the Developmental Disabilities Waiver and will give residents more control over the Medicaid benefits they receive. The individual will be able to select the services and support that fit their family needs.

Housing programs are offered for those with developmental disabilities. The state will ensure they have community support and accommodations they need.

  • Certified Family Homes is a family style operation that coordinates daily living for those who do not require a more restrictive institutional setting. Not only will they have a place to stay, but a case management plan will also be put into place for the disabled client.
  • Supported Living Services will allow people to reside in a home of their choice provided they meet Developmental Disabilities guidelines. Assistance and benefits may include home modifications and improvements, chore services, and free or low cost home delivered meals.




  • RALF, or the Licensed Residential and Assisted Living Facilities, are group living homes and arrangements.
  • Immediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities is a group home for children or adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Long Term Care and/or a Skilled Nursing Facility’s can meet the health and medical care needs.
  • The Southwest Idaho Treatment Center, or SWITC, is the state’s intermediate care facility.

Children with a disability may receive home and community services. The Department of Health and Welfare as well as the Developmental Disability Services works to assist children. It coordinates a wide range of benefits for families with young children. Some of what may be offered includes Family Training, Respite, Interdisciplinary Training, Crisis Intervention and Supports, and Family Education. They can also get information on affordable, or maybe even free, medical care.

Adult Mental Health Services is available from local community centers that are based across Idaho. Examples of the mental health services include psychosocial rehabilitation, crisis screening and intervention, mental health screening, psychiatric clinical services, assertive community treatment, case management, individual and group therapy, benefit assistance, co-occurring disorders treatment, short-term mental health intervention and medications from patient assistance programs. Call (208) 334-5500.

Department of Health and Welfare’s Children’s Mental Health Program assists children with emotional challenges. They can get help in learning, working, and participating in community activities. Phone (208) 334-5500. It is often run in partner with the Idaho System of Care and services, which offers its own benefits to youth.

CSHP, or the Children’s Special Health Program, offers support, information, and guidance to parents of children with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Families can get information on benefits such as medical and rehabilitative care to uninsured and medications. The CSHP program covers conditions such as craniofacial, cardiac, neurologic, phenylketonuria (PKU), cystic fibrosis, orthopedic, and any combination of those. A key partner is the nationally renown Katie Beckett Program.

There is also parent support and peer to peer counseling. The Children’s Special Health Program works in close collaboration with other child/family efforts to link community-based social services, health and education agencies to the needy. Hospitals and pediatricians or family physicians often refer patients to the program. Get help with a number of conditions. Call (208) 334-5500.




Department of Health and Welfare processes applications for state and federal government benefits. These will be more financial in nature. Examples include free food stamps, heating bill assistance from LIHEAP, section 8 vouchers and more. Almost all of these benefits will be for low income families in Idaho with a disabled member. 1-877-456-1233.

Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (IDVR) will help residents get a job. Case managers will help the disabled in securing and maintaining productive employment. Some of the assistance includes planning for entry or re-entry into the workforce, vocational guidance and counseling for adjustment to disability, vocational exploration, training for career changes because of disability, tools and licenses to enter a specific trade or profession, and medical care.

Receive training for those who need a career change because of disability, including on the job, vocational support-technical training, and more. Job development, medical check ups/physicals, and guidance are some of the other benefits offered. 650 West State Street, Room 150, Boise, ID 83702, call (208) 334-3390.

Additional Idaho agencies for the disabled

The Arc, Inc.
P.O. Box 1016
Boise, ID 83701
Call (208) 343-5583

Area Agency on Aging of North Idaho
Main address is 2120 Lakewood Drive, Suite B
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
Toll-free 1-800-786-5536

Autism Society of Treasure Valley
P.O. Box 44831
Boise, ID 83711
Telephone: (208) 336-5676

Brain Injury Association of Idaho
P.O. Box 414
Boise, ID 83701
Call (888) 374-3447

Idaho Commission on Aging
(208) 334-3833.

Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Address: 341 West Washington Street, P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID83720-0012
Call toll free 1-800-542-8688

Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Main address is 1720 Westgate Drive, Suite A
Boise, ID 83704
Call (208) 334-0879





Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities
Location is 802 West Bannock Street, Suite 308
Boise, ID 83702
Toll-free 1-800-544-2433

Idaho Department of Education
Location is 650 West State Street
Boise, ID 83720
Toll-free (800) 432-4601

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Medicaid Program
There are seven regional health offices across Idaho
(208) 334-5500

Idaho Department of Labor Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
Location is 317 West Main Street
Boise, ID 83735
(208) 334-6264

Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
650 West State Street, Room 150
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 334-3390

Agency Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind
1450 Main Street
Gooding, ID 83330
Main phone number is (208) 934-4457

Idaho State University, Traumatic Brain Injury Lead Agency
Campus Box 8174
Pocatello, ID 83209
(208) 282-4436

Living Independence Network Corporation
1609 Kimball Avenue, Suite 201
Caldwell, ID 83605
For intake, dial (208) 454-5511

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Idaho Office, All America Chapter
6901 West Emerald, Suite 207
Boise, ID 83704
Toll-free 1-800-344-4867, option 2

University of Idaho Center on Disabilities and Human Development
Main address is 121 West Sweet Avenue
Moscow, ID 83843
Toll-free 1-800-393-7290


By Jon McNamara

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