Chapter 3: Scope of Independent Living Services

Revision 19-1, Effective March 1, 2019

3.1 Scope of Services

All services provided in this section are subject to Chapter 7: Contract Application and Award, 7.1 Allotment of Funds.

All services are available in an accessible format for individuals, applicants and consumers who rely on alternative modes of communication.

The service provider provides each independent living service in accordance with the independent living plan or waived independent living plan. Ancillary services such as eyeglasses, bus passes, dental intervention, training registration fee or other supports may be provided to the extent necessary to participate in a planned service or to achieve an appropriate independent living goal. For questions regarding whether a service is allowable, consult with the HHSC staff member assigned to the contract.

The service provider may provide the following independent living services under the Independent Living Services Standards:

  • Independent living core services, which include:
    • information and referral services;
    • independent living skills training;
    • peer counseling (including cross-disability peer counseling);
    • individual and systems advocacy; and
    • transition services.

It shall be noted that core services will not be the sole services provided under the ILS Contract Services; rather, at least one service must be included from the following list:

  • Independent living services, which include:
    • counseling services, including psychological and psychotherapeutic services;
    • services for securing housing or shelter (including community living) that support the purposes and titles of the Act, and services related to securing adaptive housing (including making appropriate modifications to spaces that serve or are occupied by individuals with disabilities);
    • rehabilitation technology;
    • mobility training;
    • services and training for individuals with cognitive and sensory disabilities, including life skills training and interpreter and reader services;
    • personal assistance services, including attendant care and the training of personnel providing such services;
    • surveys, directories, and other materials that identify appropriate housing, recreation opportunities, accessible transportation, and other support services;
    • consumer information programs on the rehabilitation and independent living services that are available under the Act, especially services that are available for minorities and other individuals with disabilities who have traditionally been unserved or underserved by programs under the Act;
    • education and training necessary for living in a community and participating in community activities;
    • supported living;
    • transportation, including referral services, personal assistance, and training on the use of public transportation vehicles and systems;
    • physical rehabilitation;
    • therapeutic treatment;
    • the provision of needed prostheses and other appliances and devices;
    • social and recreational services (individual and group);
    • training for youth with disabilities that is designed to develop self-awareness, self-esteem and the ability to self-advocate, self-empower, and explore career options;
    • services for children;
    • federal, state, or local training, counseling, or other assistance designed to help individuals with disabilities become independent and productive and live a good life;
    • preventive services that encourage independence and reduce the need for the services that are provided under the Act;
    • awareness programs that encourage an understanding of individuals with disabilities and help individuals integrate into the community; and
    • other services, as needed, which are consistent with the provisions of the Act.