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Developmental Disabilities Services Division (DDSD)
Department of Human Services (DHS)
The Family Support Assistance Program provides a payment for children with severe developmental disabilities who reside in their family home and who meet other required eligbility criteria. This payment is intended to keep families together; facilitate the return; or to prevent or delay the out-of-home placement of children with severe developmental disabilities. These payments help families pay for needed services such as respite care, technical assistance, attendant services or personal items including assistive technology services and devices. Payments range from $250 a month to $400 a month, depending on the number of children with developmental disabilities living in the home.
Ms. Ann Riggs
Developmental Disabilities Services Division
P. O. Box 25352
Oklahoma City, OK 73125
FAX: (405) 522-3037
See Appendix B for Department of Human Services DDSD offices.
• The family with whom the eligible family member is residing has an annual gross adjusted income, which does not exceed $45,000.
The family member for whom the application is made must:
• be less than 18 years of age;
• have mental retardation or other developmental disability;
• reside with or return to the family from an out-of-home placement; and
• not received Home and Community-Based Waiver Services.
The family with whom the eligible family member is residing must:
• reside in the State of Oklahoma;
• have an annual gross adjusted income which does not exceed $45,000; and
• be headed by a biological parent, adoptive parent, or legal guardian of the eligible family member. If the eligible family member lives with an adoptive parent or parents who already receive the Department of Human Services’ Adoption subsidy, the family cannot receive family support assistance under this program.
AT SERVICES PROVIDED/COVERED
• No AT services are provided or covered. The cash payments can be used for any purpose including AT services.
AT DEVICES PROVIDED/COVERED
• No AT devices are provided or covered. The cash payments can be used for any purpose including AT devices.
• Applications are available through the DDSD Area Offices.
• Application forms are also available from DHS county offices.
1. For grievances that have not been informally resolved, individuals may file a formal grievance using form OCA GR-001 with the assistance of a grievance coordinator.
2. A response to the formal grievance indicating specific actions to resolve the complaint is due five (5) working days from the date the grievance coordinator signed the form. The proposed resolution, as documented on form OCA GR-001A, should occur within thirty (30) days or the grievance is automatically appealed to the next level.
3. Resolutions not accepted by the grievant are appealed to the second level. At this level, the director/administrator of the facility provider is responsible for responding. The area manager is responsible for DDSD clients and the area director is responsible for field operation employees. Second level appeals are due three (3) working days from the date the grievant coordinator signed the OCA GR-001A.
4. Further appeals are facilitated by the grievance coordinator and the state Office of Client Advocacy.
PIECES OF THE PUZZLE
• Funds are limited; families who qualify are served in chronological order, based on the date of their application.
• It is better for families to contact the DDSD area offices for application because they can assist the family in determining if there are other programs under the Developmental Disabilities Services Division they may be eligible to receive.
• Documents that will need to be submitted with the application are tax documents and disability supporting information.
• Families do not have to be receiving Medicaid to be eligible for the Family Support Assistance Program.
• Generally a child must have an I.Q. of 70 or below to be determined eligible.