Resources for Individuals with Disabilities

Whether you’re a consumer, family member, or professional, finding the right resources can be a challenge.

We present here a brief introduction to the resources that may be available to you in addition to Caregiver Homes.

 

What types of resources are available to people with disabilities in Rhode Island? The first thought for many is medical services and products. While doctors and nurses provide important aspects of care, other, community resources are usually necessary too. For an individual with modest needs, these may include home-delivered meals or 1-2 hours a week of companionship, delivered by family, neighbors, a private charity, or a public program. For others, help with bathing, dressing or other personal care is needed. Resources for the home – like fuel assistance – are also important. These community resources are the primary focus here.

Many community resources people with disabilities are paid for by the state or federal governments. While these websites are not always easy to navigate, they can be a good starting point. If you don’t find them helpful, move on to the next section.


Government Resources in Rhode Island:

Rhode Island Department of Human Services
www.dhs.ri.gov
Rhode Island DHS offers medical and financial aid, food stamps and social services to Rhode Islanders in need.

Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals
http://www.bhddh.ri.gov/
BHDDH Provides Rhode Islanders with access to quality services and supports for developmental disabilities, mental health and substance abuse issues, and chronic long term medical and psychiatric conditions.

Office of Rehabilitation Services
http://www.ors.ri.gov/
The Office of Rehabilitation Services assists people with disabilities gain employment and live independently in the community.

Disability Determination Services
http://www.ors.ri.gov/copied/DisabilityDetermination.htm
Disability Determination Services determines eligibility of Rhode Island children and adults with disabilities applying for cash benefits via Social Security Disability Insurance.


There are many organizations whose mission includes helping individuals find the right community resources. These include agencies designated by government to provide information and make referrals to specific services, and advocacy organizations that work to improve life for individuals with disabilities and may have experience and knowledge of community resources.


Information and Referral Agencies in Rhode Island:

United Way, Rhode Island’s Aging and Disability Resource Center
http://www.211ri.org/
2-1-1 is a free and confidential service connecting people to social services offered by health and human service providers, government agencies and community-based organizations.

Online Directory of Disability Resources in Rhode Island
http://www.olis.ri.gov/tbp/disablres.php
A comprehensive list of disability resources in Rhode Island.


Advocacy Organizations In Rhode Island:

The ARC Rhode Island
http://www.thearc.org/page.aspx?pid=328
The ARC promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


At the end of the day, you will want to find specific providers to meet your needs or those of a loved one, patient, or client. Caregiver Homes is one such resource. Statewide, there are too many providers to list here. Many serve a small area (a single city or a county). While many do excellent work, we encourage you to ask for references and let the provider know if you have questions or concerns about the service being provided. While many community resources are paid for by government, you, your loved one, or your patient are the consumer and the services provided should support your independence and dignity.

 

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