Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) are available to both children and adults being served by the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). The programs objective is to provide highly personalized, attentive and well-trained care in three main areas of service: Attendant Care, Habilitation, and Respite in the member’s home and/or community.


Attendant Care provides assistance  for an individual to remain in their home and participate in community activities by attaining or maintaining personal cleanliness, activities of daily living, and safe and sanitary living conditions that includes but is not limited to the following:

        • Meal preparation and clean up ( e.g., meal planning, preparing foods, special diets, clean up and storing food)
        • Eating/Assistance with eating
        • Bathing (e.g., washing, drying, transferring, adjusting water and setting up equipment)
        • Cleaning
        • Laundry (e.g., putting clothes in washer or dryer, folding clothes, putting clothes away)
        • Shopping (e.g., grocery shopping and picking up medication)
        • Attending to certified service animal needs
        • General supervision for an individual who cannot be safely left alone.


Habilitation provides learning opportunities designed to help the consumer develop skills and independence. This service may be provided to:

        • Increase or maintain independence and socialization skills
        • Increase or maintain safety and community skills
        • Increase or maintain the individual’s health and safety
        • Provide training in:
          • Essential activities required to meet personal and physical needs
          • Alternative and/or adaptive communication skills
          • Self-help/living skills
        • Develop the individual’s support system to reduce the need for paid services
        • Help family members learn how to teach the individual a new skill

Caring for someone with disabilities is often a twenty-four/seven job.


Respite provides short-term care to relieve caregivers and family members. This service allows families/guardians the opportunity to take some time off and handle simple day to day tasks, without having to worry about the well-being of their loved one.



Terry Wideman

HCBS Program Director