Employment and Other Day Service Options
DDS Funded Day Services:
- SUPP0RTED EMPLOYMENT - These include supports to help individuals work as a paid employee in work settings that also employ people without disabilities. These services assist individuals find and apply for jobs, and offer job coaching support to people once work is secured. This service includes individual and group supported employment. This service is designed to provide support and supervision but is not intended to provide ongoing long term 1:1 support to help a person complete their work activities.
- GROUP EMPLOYMENT - These include sheltered workshops and day support options. These services are provided in a facility-based program that focuses on developing meaningful skills in the area of work, socialization and community participation.
- INDIVIDUAL DAY - This waiver service includes individually tailored supports that help consumers gain or maintain skills to participate more fully and productively in work, leisure or community activities. This may include the development of independent functioning skills, relationship skills, exploring job interests or retirement programs. It can also provide funds for staff supports for individuals who have their own businesses.
- DAY SERVICE OPTION -Day Support Options (DSO). Supports to participants that lead to the acquisition, improvement, and/or retention of skills and abilities to prepare a Participant for work and/or community participation, or support meaningful socialization, leisure, and retirement activities. Supports include the development, maintenance or enhancement of independent functioning skills including but not limited to sensory-motor, cognition, personal grooming, hygiene, toileting, assistance in developing and maintaining friendships of choice and skills to use in daily interactions; the development of work skills; opportunities to earn money; opportunities to participate in community activities.
Retirement Services - DDS does not have one support category called Retirement Services. Individuals who are elderly and choose to no longer want to work are able to attend a DSO program. The DSO program may incorporate the participant in the activities of all the other participants, may be a program that is designed around elderly individuals or may be a combination of both where the individual attends a community senior center for part of the time.
DDS has developed a new support category called Senior Supports. It is waiting for approval from CMS. This service is typically utilized when two or more individuals in a group or home or CTH choose not to participate in a community day program. These individuals are elderly or have medical conditions and/or physical disabilities and do not want to get up early in morning to drive to a group day program. The individuals choose the activities they want to participate in or the skills they want to require. Activities can occur in the community or in the home.
Other Community Based Employment, Retirement and Day Support Services
Bureau of Rehabilitation Services: Assists individuals with disabilities to obtain competitive employment. Services may include short term funding for career exploration, on the job training, assistive technology and other employment supports. www.ct.gov/brs
CTWorks Career Centers: Located throughout Connecticut offering a one stop resource for jobs, training and skill development for anyone looking for employment. All services are free and many are self serve. Services may include career counseling, career assessments, computer labs, free workshops on a variety of topics such as interviewing, job search, resumes, etc. Workforce Centers. www.ct.gov/dol
Natural Supports: Many individuals with disabilities obtain and maintain employment through their own personal network of family and friends. Many employers will make reasonable accommodations to support a person with a disability and co-workers often provide assistance as part of the natural environment of the work setting.
Senior Centers: There are 162 Senior Centers across Connecticut that are primarily run by local municipalities or non-profit agencies. There is a great variety of services that are offered: information and assistance with referrals, meals, transportation, health screenings, social, recreational and educational programs.
Aging Services: The Department of Social Services offers a wide range of support and services to elderly people. www.ct.gov/dss