Resources

Where to start

When a loved one has been diagnosed with a disability

When your loved one is diagnosed with a developmental disability, you may feel a range of emotions, including fear, doubt, uncertainty, powerlessness and more. 


While embarking on this new path, we encourage you to contact us. We are happy to connect you with other families who are traveling the same path as you are, link you with area resources and share in the achievements of your loved one.

FAQ

Where do I start?

If your loved one has been diagnosed with a developmental disability before the age of three, please contact your local Infant-Toddler connection. This is known as an early intervention agency. They can assist with identifying services that may be beneficial for your loved one. Begin learning about special education, community services in your area and the Medicaid waiver system.


My school-aged child was diagnosed with a developmental disability.

If your school-aged child has been diagnosed with a developmental disability, please work with your education team on linking with community-based services. We are happy to assist as well! Learn about special education services, community-based resources and Medicaid waivers.


My child needs help/therapies/treatment. Where do I start?

We are glad you asked! We strive to be the community's first stop for information on available services! Please call us and describe the services you are looking for. We have intimate knowledge of the waiver system, speech, occupational, physical therapy and behavioral treatment services.


My loved on is experiencing a crisis. How can I help them?

If your loved one is experiencing a crisis, please call 9-1-1. You can ask for a crisis response officer to be dispatched. A crisis response officer has specialized training in responding to those with mental heath and developmental disabilities.


There are times that it may be necessary to take your loved one to the hospital for an evaluation to ensure his or her safety. Once at the hospital, staff may contact the local community services board to evaluate if the person is a threat to himself or others. If the answer is yes, the staff will begin searching for a hospital bed. Please be aware that many times this will take place out of the area, as there are few children's crisis hospitalization options available.


My loved on is transitioning from middle school. What do I need to know?

Again, please be sure you know about Medicaid waivers! Most services your loved one will need after graduation are funded by the waiver system, and, unfortunately, the wait list to access these services can be over 15 years. Be sure you are discussing transition plans as soon as your child turns 14. Talk with your loved one about what they would like to do once their high school career is over. While it may change several times, it is important to start the conversations early.


My loved one is graduating. What happens next?

By this time, we hope your child has a Medicaid waiver. This will pay for job coaching, day support programs, residential care and other services. Be sure to talk service providers about the unique goals of your loved one. Talk with several providers until you find the best fit.

Early Intervention

Infant-Toddler Connection of the Shenandoah Valley

The Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia provides supports and services for babies and their families who are suspected of having a developmental delay so that families can help their child learn during everyday activities and routines.

Contact: Gina Zydelis, Central Point of Entry for Winchester, Frederick, Clarke & Shenandoah

Phone: 540-635-2452 x27

Website: http://www.infantva.org

New Path

New Path is a support program for families in receiving early intervention services in Virginia. This program is a service of The Arc of Virginia.

Phone: 804-649-8481

Website: http://new-path.thearcofva.org

 

Legal Advocacy & Support

disAbility Law Center of Virginia

The disAbility Law Center helps with disability-related problems like abuse, neglect, and discrimination. The organization also assists individuals with disabilities obtain services and treatment. All callers receive help. Individuals with problems, targeted in specific program goals, may also receive advocacy services and/or legal representation.

Phone: 800-552-3962

Website: http://dlcv.org

The Endependence Center

The Endependence Center provides assistance to individuals with disabilities to resolve discrimination complaints in all areas of life such as housing, education, employment, transportation, public accommodation and community programs.

Phone: (703)525-3268

Website: http://www.ecnv.org

Formed Families Forward

Formed Families Forward is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting foster, kinship, and adoptive families of children and youth with disabilities and other special needs. They serve families, educators and child welfare professionals in the Northern Virginia area; however, they are willing to speak to families outside their service area.

Phone: (703) 539-2904

Website: http://www.formedfamiliesforward.org

Case Management

Northwestern Community Services

Case management for adults and children with intellectual disabilities.

Administration Phone: 540-636-4250

Shenandoah County: 540-459-5180

Winchester Area: 540-667-8888

Website: http://www.nwcsb.com

Blue Ridge Care Connection for Children

Care Connection for Children is a statewide network of centers of excellence for children with special health care needs (CSHCN) that provide leadership in the enhancement of specialty medical services; care coordination; medical insurance benefits evaluation and coordination; management of the CSHCN Pool of Funds; information and referral to CSHCN resources; family-to-family support; and training and consultation with community providers on CSHCN issues. The Blue Ridge Care Connection network provides services to those in Winchester, Frederick, Clarke and Shenandoah. Children with special health care needs eligible for CCC services are those who have disorders that:

  • Have a physical basis:
  • Have lasted, or are expected to last, at least 12 months; and
  • Produce one of more of the following sequelae:
    • Need for health care and ancillary services over and above the usual for the child's age, or for special ongoing treatments, interventions, or accommodation at home or school
    • Limitation in function, activities, or social role in comparison with healthy age peers in the general areas of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social growth and development;
    • Dependency on one of the following to compensate for, or minimize limitation of, function, activities, or social role: medications, special diet, medical technology, assistive devices or personal assistance.

Age requirement is birth to 21 years of age, and recipient must be a Virginia resident.

Phone: 434-924-0222

Website: http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/blueridgecc/

Employment/DARS

Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services

The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, in collaboration with community partners, provides and advocates for resources and services to improve the employment, quality of life, security, and independence of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities, and their families.

Phone: (540) 722-3453

Website: http://www.vadars.org

Blue Ridge Opportunities

Blue Ridge Opportunities is a 501 (c) [3] non-profit corporation that strives to build foundations on which individuals with disabilities can achieve success by providing job skills assessment, training and placement, day support, and community integration for individuals with a variety of needs. Blue Ridge Opportunities is licensed by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Disability Services (DBHDS) and certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Services (CARF).

Phone: 540-636-4960

Website: http://www.bropportunities.org

NW Works

NW Works provides the following services:

  • Training services in janitorial, landscaping, mailroom and production services.
  • Paid work services, both on-site and off, with hourly rates up to $18 per hour.
  • Comprehensive support services, including music therapy, yoga, dance/movement, educational support/training, woodworking and gardening.
  • Job development and support services to help individuals get and keep jobs of their choice.  

Phone: 540-667-0809 

Website: http://www.nwworks.com                                                                                                                             

ShenPaco Industries

Shen-Paco Industries, Inc. is a non-profit community based agency providing vocational, developmental, educational, and rehabilitative services to adults with disabilities in Shenandoah and Page Counties.

Phone: (540) 477-2049

Website: http://shenpacoindustries.vpweb.com/

Valley Workforce

The Shenandoah Valley Workforce Investment Board is an incorporated, non-profit organization serving 16 localities in Northwestern Virginia. The SVWIB operates five Valley Workforce Centers and directs numerous workforce initiatives partnering with business, education, economic development, and other community and faith-based organizations to thoroughly understand the current labor market and to develop innovative solutions to address broad regional workforce issues.

Specific programs include Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs, Youth Programs, Valley OJT, and the Shenandoah Valley Energy Partnership.

Phone: (540) 545-4146

Website: http://www.valleyworkforce.com

Waivers

CCC Plus Waiver

What is the CCC Plus waiver?

The Commonwealth Coordinated Care (CCC) Plus Waiver [1915 (c)] provides care in the community rather than in a nursing facility (NF) or other specialized care medical facility. This new waiver combines Elderly or Disabled with Consumer Direction (EDCD) and Technology Assisted (TECH) waivers. 


Who is eligible for the CCC Plus Waiver?

  • Individuals who meet criteria for nursing home level of care (functional dependences & medical nursing needs)
  • Individuals who require skilled nursing care and are considered at risk for nursing home placement
  • Individuals from birth onward are eligible for this waiver

What services are covered under the CCC Plus Waiver?

 • Personal Emergency Response System  (PERS), includes Medication Monitoring 

• Respite Services (Agency- and Consumer-  Directed) 

• Services Facilitation 

• Transition Services 

 • Adult Day Health Care

 • Assistive Technology (AT) • Environmental Modification (EM)

 • Personal Care Services (Agency-  and Consumer- Directed)

 • Skilled Private Duty Nursing (RN and  LPN) 


Waiver enrollment process

  • Contact the individual's local Department of Social Services and request a screening for the CCC Plus Waiver.

Building Independence Waiver

What is the Building Independence Waiver?

The Building Independence (BI) Waiver provides services and supports in the areas of community engagement, employment, day services, residential, behavioral, crisis, medical, assistive and Smart Home technology, environmental modifications and more 


Who is eligible for the Building Independence Waiver?

  • Individuals age 18 years and older who meet the Definition of Developmental Disability.
  • Individuals who meet the VIDES screening criteria. 
  • Individuals who meet the adult monthly income limit of $2,205.00 and resource limit of $2,000.00.
  • Individuals who qualify for and maintain Medicaid eligibility. 

What services are covered under the Building Independence Waiver?

  • Assistive technology
  • Community coaching
  • Community engagement
  • Crisis support services (community & center-based)
  • Day services
  • Electronic home based services
  • Environmental modifications
  • Independent living supports
  • Personal emergency response system
  • Shared living
  • Individual & group supported employment
  • Transition services

Waiver enrollment process

  • Contact Northwestern Community Services Board Warren County Clinic   (540-636-2931) to schedule an evaluation.

Family & Individual Support Waiver

What is the Family & Individual Support Waiver?

The Family and Individual Supports (FI) Waiver provides services and supports in the areas of community engagement, employment, day services, residential, crisis, medical, assistive and Smart Home technology, environmental modifications and more. This waiver serves individuals of any age.


Who is eligible for the Family & Individual Support Waiver?

  • Individuals who meet the definition of a developmental disability
  • Individuals who meet the VIDES screening criteria. 
  • Individuals who meet the adult monthly income limit of $2,205.00
  • Individuals who qualify for and maintain Medicaid eligibility.

What services are covered under the Family & Individual Support Waiver?

  • Assistive technology
  • Benefits planning services
  • Companion services
  • Personal assistance services
  • Respite services
  • Service facilitation services
  • Crisis support services
  • Community coaching, engagement & guidance
  • Electronic home based services
  • Environmental modifications
  • Group & individual supported employment
  • Individual & family caregiver training
  • In home support services
  • Non-medical transportation
  • Personal emergency response systems
  • Private duty nursing
  • Shared living
  • Skilled nursing
  • Supported living
  • Transition services
  • Therapeutic consultation
  • Workplace assistance

What is the enrollment process?

Contact Northwestern Community Services Board Warren County Clinic   (540-636-2931) to schedule an evaluation.

Community Living Waiver

What is the Community Living Waiver?

The Community living waiver serves people of any age with the most comprehensive continuum of services available in the developmental disabilities waiver program. It provides supports to those with the most intensive medical and behavioral needs. It replaces the former intellectual disability waiver.


Who is eligible for the Community Living Waiver?

  • Individuals of any age who meet the definition of developmental disability are eligible for the community living waiver.
  • Individuals who meet the VIDES screening criteria. 
  • Individuals who meet the adult monthly income limit of $2,205.00
  • Individuals who qualify for and maintain Medicaid eligibility.

What services are covered under the Community Living Waiver?

  • Assistive technology
  • Benefits planning services
  • Companion services
  • Personal assistance services
  • Respite services
  • Service facilitation services
  • Crisis support services
  • Community coaching, engagement & guidance
  • Electronic home based services
  • Environmental modifications
  • Group & individual supported employment
  • Individual & family caregiver training
  • In home support services
  • Non-medical transportation
  • Personal emergency response systems
  • Private duty nursing
  • Shared living
  • Skilled nursing
  • Sponsored residential services
  • Supported living
  • Transition services
  • Therapeutic consultation
  • Workplace assistance

What is the enrollment process for the Community Living Waiver?

  • Contact Northwestern Community Services Board Warren County Clinic   (540-636-2931) to schedule an evaluation.