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DDS Services in Washington, DC

At Mercy Care Providers, we strive to provide meaningful in-home care to all our clients by clearly defining our individually tailored care plan to meet the patient’s needs 24/7. Our Registered Nurses create a step by step care plan of different activities to meet the patient’s needs during each work shift. Our staff are trained to clearly communicate with our clients and their families about everything we do. This helps create the much-desired positive mood necessary for patient care. 

We strive to provide the best care possible by personalizing our patient’s care. We achieve this very unique goal by continuously monitoring our clients and ensuring ongoing communication. All of our home care services are designed to be provided to our clients wherever they reside and require our assistance. It could be a private residence, rehabilitation center, an assisted living facility, senior apartment complex, nursing home, or even an independent living setting.

The Department on Disability Services is committed to providing high-quality services that enable people with disabilities to lead meaningful and productive lives as vital members of their communities.

The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) implemented My Life, My Way to give residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) more control and flexibility over the services and supports they may receive while living in their natural homes.

How Does It Work?

Participants in this self-directed initiative are the employers of their staff or Participant-Directed Workers (PDW). They or their designee hire, train, and evaluate the employees who will help them live life their way. If a PDW is not meeting their needs, a new PDW can be selected.

Who can Participate? Residents with IDD who are 18 years of age are eligible for My Life, My Way. Participants must: live in their natural home, be eligible to receive Medicaid, and be enrolled in the Individual and Family Support (IFS) waiver.

The Role of DDA

Role of DDA: The DDA is responsible for overseeing and coordinating all services and supports provided to qualified persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the District of Columbia.

  • Person-Centered Service Planning: DDA supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve maximum independence and control over their lives through person-centered service planning and delivery, along with increased provider capacity.
  • Service Coordination and Support: DDA coordinates home and community services for over 2,000 individuals, promoting their ability to live and work in their chosen neighborhoods. This includes health, wellness, and quality of life improvements through service coordination, clinical support, and a robust quality management program.
  • Community Integration: Following the closure of the large institution Forest Haven, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are now living active lives throughout the District and neighboring communities. DDA and its providers offer skill development and support for employment, business start-up, volunteering, senior citizens programs, and day support.
  • Residential and Family Support: Adults are supported to live full and inclusive lives in homes and apartments. DDA also provides support services for families, including temporary relief, in-home and community support, emergency response systems, and assistance with home and vehicle modifications.
  • Definition of Disabilities: The page defines intellectual disability and developmental disability, outlining the characteristics and criteria for each.
  • Services Offered: Services include contributions to DDA residential supports, divisions within DDA, the Office of Rights and Advocacy, Home and Community Based Services Waiver Program, Money Follows the Person, Health and Wellness, and the HCBS IDD Waiver Application Package.

Our Washington, DC office provides services through the Department on Disability Services (DDS).

DDS Services in Washington, DC | Mercy Care Providers

What Services are Included?

  • In-Home Supports
  • Daily Respite Services
  • Individualized Day Supports (IDS)
  • Individual-Directed Goods & Services (IDGS) Limited to $2,500)
  • Companion Services

The District of Columbia’s Department of Disability Services (DDS) offers several key services and initiatives that benefit consumers. Here are the main points summarized from their website:

  • Person-Centered Thinking: This is a philosophy that underpins the service provision of DDS. It emphasizes positive control and self-direction in the lives of individuals with disabilities. DDS is actively implementing this philosophy through various training sessions and agency-wide initiatives.
  • Employment First Initiative: This initiative is based on the philosophy that competitive, integrated employment should be the first and overwhelmingly preferred option for working-age youth and adults with disabilities. This initiative aligns with the broader goal of promoting inclusivity and equal opportunities in the workplace for individuals with disabilities.

These services and initiatives reflect DDS’s commitment to empowering individuals with disabilities through self-directed, inclusive, and integrated approaches. 

As a home care agency certified to use DDS services in Washington DC, these aspects can significantly benefit the consumers we serve by promoting their independence, self-determination, and integration into the workforce.

As one of the area’s leading in-home nursing care providers, we offer the very best compassionate care for people of all ages. It is our goal to improve the physical, emotional and spiritual wellness of our clients and that is exactly what we do every day.

At Mercy Care Providers, we strive to provide meaningful in-home care to all our clients by clearly defining our individually tailored care plan to meet the patient’s needs 24/7.

DDS Services in Washington, DC | Mercy Care Providers

Services for People with Blindness and Visual Impairments (DSB).

  • Goal of DSB: The primary goal of DSB is to maximize employment opportunities and independence for persons with visual disabilities.
  • Visual Impairment – Vocational Rehabilitation Unit: This unit provides employment services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. These services are aimed at those seeking jobs or looking to retain or advance in their current careers. DSB emphasizes that with specialized independent living skills, orientation and mobility training, adaptive technology, and vocational training opportunities, persons with visual impairments can be competitive and valuable employees.
  • Assistive Technology Services: DSB offers assistive technology devices to help persons with disabilities maintain independence in their home and community and access or retain employment. The RSA Assistive Technology team conducts comprehensive, cost-free assessments to identify the best equipment for meeting personal independent living, educational, and professional goals. They also provide training and ongoing support for the effective use of adaptive aids and computer software.
  • Independent Living Older Blind Program (ILOB): The ILOB program provides in-home and community-based services to support individuals who are blind or living with vision loss and are fifty-five years of age or older. This program has dedicated and trained staff to serve this specialized population.
  • Partnerships for Service Delivery: To maximize resources and service delivery, DC RSA partners with various government agencies and non-profit organizations within the DC Metropolitan area.

For more information the Department on Disability Services provides this brochure for download.

Home and Community Based (HCBS) Services Waiver Program

Funding and Reimbursement: The HCBS waiver program is jointly funded by federal and local dollars. The federal government reimburses the District of Columbia 70 cents for every dollar spent on qualifying services and supports for people enrolled in the HCBS waiver program.

Federal Requirements: The District of Columbia must adhere to several federal requirements to participate in the HCBS waiver program. These include:

  • Level of Care
  • Service Planning
  • Qualified Providers
  • Health & Welfare
  • Financial Authority
  • Administrative Authority

Services Offered: The HCBS waiver program provides a variety of services and supports designed to meet each person’s needs, including respite care. These services are provided by agencies approved by DDS/DDA and DHCF.

Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for the HCBS waiver program, a person must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age or older.
  • Meet the required level of care.
  • Be Medicaid eligible.
  • Choose HCBS waiver services over institutional care.
  • Note that participation in the HCBS waiver is voluntary.

We start a client relationship by providing a free consultation where together we can explore your individual needs and offer the most helpful and appropriate care plan.

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