The Independent Living (IL) program provides services to people with disabilities to increase their independence and their opportunity to participate in day-to-day life within their communities. There are 22 Centers for Independent Living (CILs) statewide that offer independent living services. The CILs are funded through Vocational Rehabilitation grants and are managed by persons with disabilities who have been successful in establishing their own independent lifestyles.
Each CIL offers five core services:
- peer counseling
- information and referral
- independent living skills training
- Services that facilitate transition from nursing homes and other institutions to the community, provide assistance to those at risk of entering institutions, and facilitate transition of youth to post-secondary life.
CILs may provide other services that include but not limited to the following:
- legal services
- housing services
- transportation services
- educational services
The Independent Living program is funded, in part, with federal grant funds awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services. In FFY 2020, the IL program received a $338,717 in federal grant funding and $37,635 of state funds. Total IL funding from this award is $376,352 comprised of 90% federal monies and 10% state matching funds. Additional state funding for the IL program for FFY 2020 brings total IL funding to $5,153,103.