Community Companion Home FAQ’s

1. How can I become a licensed provider?

A.) Providers will have a home study and inspection conducted and will then be licensed by the Department of Developmental Services.

2. What will I learn by becoming a provider?

A.) Providers will learn to provide basic needs (communication, everyday living skills, medical needs, use of adaptive equipment, behavior modification techniques). Providers also assist clients in making new friends, maintaining old friendships, support contacts with their family members and include them in home and community activities.

3. How are providers trained?

A.) The initial training includes an overview of disabilities, abuse & neglect prevention and reporting, CPR, infection control, program development, interacting with families, language and communication needs, medical emergency procedures and positive behavioral supports. There are also individual and team training sessions for topics that relate specifically to the person’s needs.

4. How are homes licensed?

A.) The initial licensing process consists of initial screening, office meeting with the Project Director and CCH Coordinator, home inspection, training and the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) licensing inspection. You need to submit to proof that you are in good health and we will check your personal references. Local and state police background checks will be needed for the applicant and all occupants who live in the home over the age of 17.

5. How long does the licensing process take?

A.) The length of the licensing process varies depending how quickly you send in the required documentation and if there are any issues with the home inspection. It can take anywhere from two to four months.

6. How are homes monitored?

A.) Licensed homes are monitored through annual inspections and annual criminal record checks. Every three months you will be attending a quarterly meeting with your CCH Coordinator, the DDS Case Manager and (if applicable) the clinician. Four to six months after the initial placement a revisit inspection will occur. After that, inspections will occur annually (including the first year) in the month the license was initially issued.

7. How often will licensing inspections occur?

A.) An initial inspection will be done prior to a license being issued. Four to six months late, if an individual has been placed in your home, a revisit inspection will occur. After that, inspections will occur annually (including the first year) in the month the license was initially issued.

8. How long will licensing inspections take?

A.) An initial inspection usually takes less than an hour. Annual and revisit inspections may take several hours or more depending on the number of people placed in your home and other factors.

9. What services/support does IPPI provide?

A.) IPPI recruits and screens prospective providers, oversees the initial and annual licensing, matches individuals with provider families, and act as a liaison between providers and natural families. We also develop individualized budgets to include a stipend to providers, money for respite, community programming and other services. IPPI oversees services addressing medical and health needs, offers opportunities for individualized training, provides technical assistance as needed, and ongoing training and support according to the needs of the individual, the provider and the natural family.

10. Who pays client medical bills?

A.) Client’s medical bills will be paid for by various state agencies.

11. What is the role of the natural family?

A.) The natural family continues to play an active role in the role in the person’s life. In most cases they are a primary resource for the development of the relationship between the individual and the provider family. They are active team members, attending team meetings and assisting in the development of the program and they are also a natural respite support to the provider family. Working with the provider, the natural family participates in the ensuring that the individual’s health and medical needs are met, as well as, other needs are met.

12. What is the placement process?

A.) IPPI will arrange a meeting between the individual and the provider at the provider’s home. After the initial introduction, the individual will be placed at the home for a probationary period allowing both sides to become acquainted and understand the expectations prior to moving. Both the provider and the individual have to be comfortable for the permanent placement to be satisfactory.

13. How is the placement paid for?

A.) The placement is supported by benefits awarded to the individual through the Department of Social Services and Social Security ads supplemented by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Stipend rates paid to the provider are determined by the supervision needs of the individual. A monthly room and board fee established by the Department of Social Services is paid directly to the provider. Routine transportation to medical appointments and recreational activities is included. The individual is responsible for his/her own clothing and all recreational activity fees. Medical expenses are covered by the individual’s insurance. Department of Social Services also provides a monthly allowance to provide for the individual discretionary needs. Provider rates are set by DDS.

14. How is the individual matched with a home?

A.) Referrals are made to our Project Director by DDS and staff of our group homes. Referrals are reviewed by the Project Director and CCH Coordinator to determine the needs of the individual. A review of the program’s openings is conducted to determine if one of the existing providers can meet the needs of the individual. If a match can be made, the DDS Case Manager is notified and the placement process begins.

15. What if it doesn't work out? What if I'm not happy?

A.) The IPPI team will meet and try to address the issues. If they cannot be resolved through the team process, we will work with you to identify other options. If it is urgent, you can call CCH Coordinator right away.

16. What kind of monitoring will IPPI do to ensure that the individual placed will be safe, healthy, and receive the proper services in a CCH?

A.) A CCH Coordinator from IPPI will visit the CCH prior to its being licensed to make sure that the environment is safe and that the CCH Licensee has been properly trained. After an individual moves into a new CCH, a review will occur within four to six months to make sure that the appropriate services are being provided. After that, reviews will occur annually. IPPI will look at a number of different areas of an individual’s life (e.g. Individual Plan, health care, finances, human rights, etc.) to make sure that the individual’s needs and goals are being met.

17. How does the money work?

A.) Being a CCH Provider is NOT a job. You will receive a monthly payment for each individual living in your home. A part of that is a flat rate for room and board, and part of it is reimbursement for care to the individual based on their level of need. This monthly payment is not taxable.

18. Will I have a choice of who lives with me?

A.) Yes, we use a matching process to look at similar interests and backgrounds and look for compatible matches. Also, the individual will have an opportunity to visit you in your home before a decision is made.

19. Am I guaranteed that people will be placed in my home?

A.) No.

20. What happens if I am sick or have an emergency?

A.) You will be required to identify a respite provider, someone who will get to know the individual and provide emergency back-up. This designee needs to be at least 18 years old, but does not have to be licensed.

21. What happens if the person has to stay home from their day program? Do I have to take time off from my job?

A.) The IPPI team will work with you to identify a back-up plan. You will also be required to identify a respite provider who will know the individual and provide emergency back-up.

22. What is the difference between a CCH and a Department of Children and Families (DCF) foster home?

A.) CCH Program at IPPI provides placement for adults (persons over the age of 16). DCF places only children.

23. Who are the people living in the Community Companion Homes (CCH)?

A.) Individuals currently living in CCH’s throughout the State range in age and the levels of their disability. CCH’s can support people with all levels of disabilities (physical, intellectual and/or psychiatric). People who are successful in CCH’s are those who are comfortable with daily routines of a family.

24. What does the Community Companion Home (CCH) provider do?

A.) A Community Companion Home Provider offers a safe and nurturing home by giving guidance, support and personal attention. The provider plays an active role in the individual’s team and the collaborative development of a support plan. The support plan is based on the team’s knowledge of the individual’s personal challenges, strengths, skills, preferences and desired outcomes. It provides guidelines and specific strategies that address the person’s needs in the social, behavioral and skill areas and is designed to lead to positive lifestyle changes. Living in a home environment presents daily opportunities to acquire and use new skills. The provider helps the individual participate in family and community activities and facilitate a relationship with the person and his/her natural family and the general community. They help the person learn and use community resources and services, as well as, participate in activities that are valued and appropriate for the person’s age, gender and culture. The provider ensures that the person’s identified health and medical needs are met and comply with licensing regulations of the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services.

For more information on the Community Companion Home Program

Contact John Gabriel 203.317.2700 x151 jgabriel@ippi.org