Frequently Asked Questions For Licensee
What is the role of the CCH licensee?
- Personal challenges
- Desired outcomes
The initial training includes an overview of: the DDS Mission Statement, intellectual disabilities, first aid, abuse & neglect prevention and reporting, CPR, infection control, program development, interacting with families, language and communication needs, medical emergency procedures and positive behavioral supports. There are also individual and team training sessions for topics that relate specifically to the individual’s needs. In terms of ongoing training the licensee must maintain current CPR certification. In addition the licensee may be required to participate in on-going training that may be specific to the individual's needs or as directed by DDS.
What is the role of the natural family?
Family members are encouraged to be active team members, attending team meetings and assuring that the individual’s needs are being addressed. The CCH licensee will support the individual to foster the relationships that they find very important in their lives. They are also a natural respite support to the licensee. The natural family participates in ensuring that the individual’s health and medical needs are identified and addressed.
What is the financial compensation to support an individual living in a CCH?
Is a CCH licensee guaranteed to have individuals placed in their home?
DDS has no obligation to place an individual into any CCH.
Yes, DDS uses a process to look at similar interests and backgrounds in achieving optimal matches. Individuals are referred to the CCH program and typically indicate the location and culture of the home in which they would like to reside. The individual will have an opportunity to visit the home before a decision is made. This process may include but not be limited to dinner over one week night and weekend visits.
What happens if the licensee is sick or has an emergency?
Proactive strategies are discussed early on to prepare for emergencies. The CCH licensee is required, to identify a “designee”. This designee needs to be at least 18 years old, but does not have to be licensed. The designee can be a family member, close friend who is available to provide care to the individual in the licensee’s absence. The designee must have training as identified in the Individual Plan in accordance with sections 17a-227-23 to 17a-227-30, inclusive, of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.
What happens if the individual needs to stay home from their employment/day program?
The team will work with individuals to identify a back-up plan for a situation such as this. The licensee receives funding from DDS that can be used to meet the needs of short term absences from the person employment or day program option.
Who pays the individual’s medical bills?
The medical bills are paid through the person’s Medicaid or Medicare benefits.
Am I able to hold a dual license?
It depends on the agency you are currently holding a license with. Dual licensure with DCF requires the DCF Commissioner’s written waiver of the regulation disallowing dual licensure.
How long does the licensing process take?
The process may take several months, depending on how quickly you can meet the standards of the licensing requirements. In addition, it is the responsibility of the potential licensee to make modifications as needed to the home in order to meet the requirements.
An initial inspection will be done prior to a license being issued. If an individual is living in your home, a six-month revisit inspection will occur. Annual licensing inspections will occur whether or not an individual is living in your home.