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Shared Living programs provide an effective alternative to traditional community-based group homes for adults with developmental/intellectual disabilities. The program offers a highly individualized living arrangement that has proven to be of great value to qualified men and women who are interested in the program.
Under this model, CRJ arranges with a “Home Provider” to supply a home for an individual. The individual is provided with a room, board, and general supervision as outlined in the person’s Individual Service Plan (ISP). Shared Living arrangements can meet the needs of adults who require periodic or regular assistance with activities of daily living, but not requiring the structure of a traditional community-based group home. CRJ’s specially trained and highly-qualified caseworkers support and supervise Home Providers.
The Shared Living Support Model places an individual into a care provider’s home under the auspices of a qualified provider agency. As a qualified provider, CRJ recruits, screens, trains, and delivers on-going support to home providers who meet the needs of the individual based on a person centered plan. CRJ is contracted to provide Shared Living Services throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
To find out more about becoming a Shared Living Home Provider, click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does Shared Living work for everyone?
A: Shared Living is one of a number of valuable residential support models for adults with developmental/intellectual disabilities, which also includes CRJ’s traditional group homes. The Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services has funded Shared Living since the early 1980s as part of a larger movement to expand community-based services instead of relying on large public facilities to provide care and support to individuals in this population.
Shared Living can be a good option for individuals who don’t need the level of supervision that’s provided in more structured group home settings. CRJ matches an individual in need of a welcoming home that can provide ongoing support with an individual or family who has been recruited and screened for that purpose.
Q: What are the benefits of Shared Living for individuals?
A: Shared Living offers individuals expanded options for community-based services with the opportunity for increased integration through the natural gateway of the Home Provider’s friends and family. It also enhances individuals’ skills and encourages social development through powerful role models within a home environment. Shared Living supports continuity of care through one consistent and qualified person who understands the individual as a whole, including likes and dislikes, medical issues, personality and other life challenges.
Q: What are the benefits of becoming a Home Provider?
A: First and foremost, being a Home Provider provides the satisfaction that comes from helping someone grow and have an opportunity for meaningful relationships. CRJ also offers support for providers, including case management, 24-hour emergency support, training and oversight. Providers also receive a generous, tax-exempt stipend that allows for more flexibility than a 9 to 5 job.