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Essentially, it is living just like everyone else - having opportunities to make decisions that affect one's life, able to pursue activities of one's own choosing - limited only in the same ways that one's nondisabled neighbors are limited.

Independent living should not be defined in terms of living on one's own, being employed in a job fitting one's capabilities and interests, or having an active social life. These are aspects of living independently. Independent living has to do with self-determination. It is having the right and the opportunity to pursue a course of action. And, it is having the freedom to fail - and to learn from one's failures, just as nondisabled people do.

There are, of course, individuals who have certain mental impairments which may affect their abilities to make complicated decisions or pursue complex activities. For these individuals, Independent Living means having every opportunity to be as self-sufficient as possible. 

Independent living. It isn't easy, and it can be risky. But millions of people with disabilities rate it higher than a life of dependency and narrow opportunities and unfulfilled expectations.

What is Independent Living?

What is individual community living support?

Individual Community Living Support (ICLS) is a new service available to Elderly Waiver and Alternative Care clients. It is an “all-inclusive” service designed to cover general care for elderly clients without needing to spread individual services across several providers. Examples Include:

  • Assisting with Activites of Daily Living (ADLs) such as mobility, transfers, or bathing

  • Light homemaking and household management

  • General oversight, monitoring, and wellness checks

  • Community engagement

  • Adaptive support, including cues, reminders, and instructions for living independently

  • Cognitive support to address behavioral, cognitive, or other concerns

ICLS staff does not provide intensive medical support, including medication management, therapy, or skills training. ICLS does not also cover transportation costs or medical equipment.



Who is qualified to become an ICLS staff member?

All ICLS care staff must meet a number of requirements in order to provide ICLS services:

  • Pass a Minnesota Department of Human Services background check

  • Complete training through Live Better regarding health and safety procedures

  • Complete a DHS-mandated course that explains person-centered care, positive behavioral supports, and how to effectively care for individuals with disabilities.


What is Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS)?


Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS) is a program sponsored by the (DHS) for individuals who have a mental health diagnosis and are on MA or a Prepaid Medical Assistance Product. The program is to help those individuals who have a mental illness function independently in their homes or places of residence. Services are provided in four areas: Basic Living and Social Skills, Community Intervention, Medication Education and Transitioning to Community Living.