• Residential Options

    Not all children with chronic debilitating illnesses can be managed at home and therefore require care in some type of long-term, or extended care, facility. These facilities are often necessary for multiple reasons, including:

    • The severity or complexity of the illness and/or the inability to set up and maintain adequate home care or other needed services within the community.
    • Some caregivers are short handed or disabled themselves.
    • As children with severe disabilities are now living longer and their parents aging, some families are unable to provide the necessary care.

    The Complex Care Center provides information and resource to families to learn about residential options.

  • Choosing the right residential, or extended care, facility for a child can be difficult for families. Here are some important questions to ask when interviewing / researching a particular facility:

    • What is your philosophy of treatment?
    • Currently, or generally, what types of issues do you deal with the most at your facility?
    • Based on your understanding of my child's needs
      • Do you have a program that will benefit my child?
      • What are your initial thoughts about a treatment plan?
      • Have you worked with similar cases? What were the outcome in these situations?
      • How would my child fit in with other residents?
      • Do you have any concerns about my child's participation in your program?
      • What would be a realistic successful outcome for my child?
    • What is the average patient age?
    • Are patients ever separated by gender? (sleeping, recreation, meals, groups)
    • What type of plan for communication is there between the treatment team and parents? How does this communication plan work (e.g., phone, email, visits)? What type of access do we as parents / caregivers have to the attending physician?
    • What type of expectations would the facility have for family participation during my child's stay? Is there a recommend visitation program?
    • How is length of stay determined?
    • How are on-site visits usually handled? Do you recommend that our child attend the initial on-site visit?

    The Arc of Greater Cleveland has a helpful list of questions to ask a potential provider.

    • The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities provides residential supports and services that allow individuals with mental retardation and developmental disabilities to live in the most appropriate home environment. Residential options also include care in Ohio’s state-run Developmental Centers and in Intermediate Care Facilities for the Mentally Retarded (ICFMR).
    • Adriel Residential Treatment, located in Ohio, provides services for youth who are between the ages of 6 and 19 and who have an intellectual functioning above 55.
    • AutismLink Database of Residential Agencies, Services and Options
    • BeauVita was created as a 501C charitable organization with the purpose of providing housing and residential support services in a community setting for adults with developmental disabilities in Hamilton County. It is anticipated that it will take approximately 5 years for BeauVita to reach its goal of establishing a community of services and supports for developmentally disabled adults. Planning and fundraising efforts are underway.
    • Bellefaire JCB residential treatment program, located in Shaker Heights, Ohio, provides residential treatment for  boys and girls ages 11 - 22 and children with autism, ages 5 - 22.
    • Bittersweet Farms, located in Lima, Whitehouse and Pemberville, Ohio, provides residential, community living, vocational services and specialized services for children and adults with autism. Residential programming is available at their Whitehouse location.
    • Hart-Supported Living Grant can provide financial support for individuals with disabilities to live in and participate in their communities.

    • Hattie Larlham, located in Mantua, Ohio, is a nonprofit organization that provides residential services to children and adults with developmental disabilities.
    • Heinzerling Foundation, located in Columbus, Ohio, provides residential services to non-ambulatory individuals with severe or profound mental retardation and multiple disabilities. They also accept individuals on trach and BIPAP support. Residents range in age from infancy to adults.
    • Home of the Innocents, Kosair Charities Pediatric Convalescent Center, Louisville, Kentucky, serves medically fragile children, ages birth to 21. The skilled nursing facility provides short-term, long-term and respite care for children with severe developmental and/or physical disabilities, as well as ventilator dependency.

    • LADD (Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled), located in Cincinnati, supports individuals over the age of 18 who are eligible for services provided by the Hamilton County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. They have training programs for independence, apartments, community supported living assistance and home ownership programs.
    • Monarch Center for Autism, a division of Bellefaire JCB, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is an independent living program for adults with autism. They also have a boarding school for children with autism, ages 8 to 22. 
    • NECCO Center, located in Pedro, Ohio, provides treatment and care to male individuals ages 10-21 and are qualified providers for Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. Individuals must have a mental health and/or mental retardation diagnosis.
    • Nursing Home Compare is a tool that provides detailed information about the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country.

    • Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Respiratory Care Center, located in Kentucky, is a community hospital that operates acute care programs and long-term care beds for ventilator-dependent patients. 
    • Safe Haven Farms, located in West Chester, Ohio, is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization offering residential, day and community services for individuals on the autism spectrum. It provides a variety of living, working, learning and leisure activities in a farm environment.
    • Southern Pines Pediatric Care Center, located in the Woodland Hills Care Center, Lawrenceburg, Indiana, provides long term and respite options and takes patients on vents. You can contact them at 812-537-1132.
    • St. Joseph Home of Cincinnati, located in Cincinnati, serves non-ambulatory, non-verbal and medically fragile infants, children and adults.
    • Stewart Home School, located in Frankfort, Kentucky, provides a community where people live in a nurturing environment, and participate in programs designed to specifically meet their individual needs. Students, ages 14 and up, pursue skills in self-sufficiency, academics and vocational programs in a setting that stimulates self-confidence.
    • Stillwater Center is an intermediate care facility for children and adults who are residents of Montgomery County, Ohio. They accept residents in the severe to profound range of mental retardation, as well as medically fragile individuals, including those on vents. Services include habilitation, nursing, recreation, physical, occupational, and speech therapy, nutrition and social services. Parents must give up custody prior to admission. Priority is given to residents of Montgomery County.
    • ViaQuest, located in central Ohio, provides a variety of services for individuals diagnosed with a developmental disability, or with a dual diagnosis of developmental disability and mental or behavioral health need.
    • Woodland Hills Care Center, located in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, provides long term care and respite services to children and young adults with skilled medical needs, including trach and/or vent dependence. They also have restorative therapy and community day program options for young adults.
    • Cincinnati Children's College Hill Campus Residential Treatment Program provides a place where children who need psychiatric care over extended periods of time can receive treatment. The program is for children ages 9 to 17 whose stay is between one to 12 months.
    • AdvoServ operates programs in Delaware, New Jersey and Florida serving children, adolescents and adults with autism, developmental disabilities, severe emotional disturbances, dual diagnosis, conduct disorders and related diagnoses. Specialized services are offered to individuals with extremely challenging problems and significant developmental delays that interfere with full community inclusion.
    • Beech Brook, Cleveland Ohio, provides intensive residential and day treatment programs for children and teens.
    • Bellefaire JCB residential treatment program, located in Shaker Heights, Ohio, provides residential treatment for  boys and girls ages 11 - 22 and children with autism, ages 5 - 22. 
    • Brooklawn Child and Family Services, Louisville, Kentucky, residential programs serve emotionally and behaviorally troubled boys ages 6 to 18. They also provide case management, out-patient therapy and in-home support services to children of all ages and their families.
    • Buckeye Ranch, Columbus, Ohio area, offers residential and community-based programs that provide family-focused mental health treatment and alcohol / drug services for children with behavioral or psychological and substance abuse disorders.
    • Carrington Youth Academy, Cleveland, Ohio, serves boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 21, with a wide variety of behavioral issues and mental health diagnoses. 
    • Children's Campus, located in Mishawaka, Indiana, is a residential treatment provider for children ages 6 to 21 with behavioral, emotional and mental health needs. 
    • Chileda, LaCrosse, Wisconsin is a residential care and treatment center for children and young adults with developmental disabilities and challenging behaviors.
    • Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation, Inc., Wauchula, Florida, teaches self-control and positive behaviors to people with brain and head injuries in a structured, therapeutic environment. The goal is community integration.
    • Foundations for Living, Mansfield, Ohio is a secure, mid-to-long-term residential treatment center for adolescents 11 to 17 years of age, with minimum IQ of 55. The center is accredited by CARF and licensed by the Ohio Department of Mental Health. Their on-site school has certified teachers for all essential junior high and secondary school subjects.
    • Hillside, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia, offers intensive residential psychiatric treatment, therapeutic foster care and community-based family preservation services for 7 to 18 year olds.
    • Holly Hill Children's Services, located in Northern Kentucky, provides residential treatment for girls ages 11-18 who have emotional and behavioral issues.
    • Judge Rotenberg Educational Center, Canton, Massachusetts is a special needs school serving both higher functioning students with conduct, behavior and emotional and/or psychiatric issues and lower-functioning students with autistic-like behaviors. 
    • KidsPeace National Centers in Georgia, New England, and Pennsylvania offer a variety of residential programs for children and adolescents including diagnostic assessment, dual diagnosis, residential, transitional and therapeutic treatment.
    • Laurel Heights is a private intensive residential treatment program located in Atlanta, Georgia. They serve children ages 5 to 21 who have complex psychiatric and developmental disabilities. They also offer a specialized Autism Spectrum Disorders program for children and adolescents severely affected by autism.
    • Marsh Foundation, located in Van Wert, Ohio, offers on-campus group homes for males and females ages 7 to 17. A specialized residential program provides services for male juvenile sex offenders. In addition to group homes, they maintain a network of foster homes. Their clinical services are available to residential and community clients. They also have a campus school that offers its services to those living in group homes, in foster homes and to special needs students from the community.
    • Maryhurst, Louisville, KY, offers a highly structured, intensive residential treatment program with an on-campus school. Serves 12 to 18 year olds.
    • Midwest Center for Youth and Families, Kouts, Indiana, is short-term residential facility, offering behavioral health services for youth ages 6 to 20.
    • Monarch Center for Autism, a division of Bellefaire JCB, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is an independent living program for adults with autism. They also have a boarding school for children with autism, ages 8 to 22. 
    • NECCO Center, located in Pedro, Ohio, provides treatment and care to male individuals ages 10 to 21 and are qualified providers for Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. Individuals must have a mental health and/or mental retardation diagnosis.
    • NeuroRestorative Specialty Centers operates treatment centers in Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Texas that serve individuals who have suffered a neurologic impairment due to traumatic brain injury, tumor, stroke, anoxia or congenital, degenerative, or neurogenic infectious disorder.  
    • Jason Foundation (formerly Psychiatric Solutions) offers an extensive continuum of behavioral health programs to critically ill children, adolescents and adults in 31 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. You can find a treatment center in your area. The continuum of services includes acute inpatient hospitalization, residential treatment, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, alternative school and outpatient services. Some facilities include:
    • Rainbow Rehabilitation, Ypsilanti, MI, provides a residential environment for those with brain injuries. They assist in developing appropriate socialization skills, family and community reintegration and increased independence. Serves pediatric and adult patients.
    • Transitional Living, 2052 Princeton Road, Hamilton, Ohio, provides 24/7 psychiatric treatment, nursing services, residential treatment, counseling, community support services, homeless outreach and housing. Office is open Monday -Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Middletown location is 1630 Central Avenue, Middletown, Ohio. Residents of Butler County, age 18 or older with a mental disability, are eligible. For information call 513-422-4004. 
    • Ten Broeck Hospital, Louisville, KY, offers a full continuum of inpatient, partial, outpatient and residential services for children, adolescents, families, adults and seniors.
    • The Village, located outside of Knoxville, TN, is licensed psychiatric residential treatment facility. The program treats adolescents, ages 13 - 18, with disorders including substance abuse, mood disorders and self harming behaviors. The therapeutic approach includes psychiatrists, psychologists, pediatricians, social workers, nurses, recreation therapists, counselors and teachers. A private, state approved, accredited school exists on both the boys and girls campuses. All commercial insurances are accepted as well as TennCare, NC Medicaid and private pay. 
    • Three Springs, Huntsville, AL, provides therapy and education to adolescents experiencing emotional, behavioral and learning problems.
    • ViaQuest provides mental health services and youth residential programs for behaviorally challenged youth and adults throughout Ohio.

      ViaQuest offers a wide range of treatments, services and facilities including licensed group homes, supported living, transitional living, independent living and mental health services.

    • Youth and Family Centered Services offers a continuum of specialized services for the mentally retarded / developmentally delayed, as well as deaf patients throughout the United States: 
      • Options Treatment Center, Indianapolis, IN. Serves children ages 8 - 18 years. Offers Dual Diagnosis program for MR/DD and Mental Illness.
      • Resource Treatment Center, Indianapolis, IN. Serves children ages 8 - 20 years with conduct and oppositional defiance, mood disorders, impulsivity, and attention deficit.
      • Southwood Psychiatric Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA. Offers acute inpatient for child and adolescent care (boys and girls age 4 - 18); Residential Treatment (boys ages 4 - 18); and MR/DD (boys 12 - 21).
    • Buckeye Ranch, Columbus, Ohio area, offers residential and community-based programs that provide family-focused mental health treatment and alcohol / drug services for children with behavioral or psychological and substance abuse disorders.
    • Foundations for Living, Mansfield, Ohio is a secure, mid-to-long-term residential treatment center for adolescents 12 to 18 years of age, with minimum IQ of 65. The center is accredited by CARF and licensed by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. Their on-site school has certified teachers for all essential junior high and secondary school subjects. 
    • Valle Vista Hospital, Greenwood, IN, offers a continuum of services for children and adults.
    • Day Top, located in New Jersey, is a treatment program designed specifically for adolescents.
    • 4drugrehab.com provides an alphabetical listing of rehabilitation programs by state.
    • Center for Independent Living Options (CILO) is the oldest center for independent living in Ohio serving individuals with disabilities in Greater Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky. They can assist with affordable, accessible housing, emergency shelter, provide help for the homeless, independent living skills and personal assistance.
    • Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) offers several housing assistance programs. This web site describes the available programs and provides information on how to apply.
    • Habitat for Humanity International is a non-profit Christian housing ministry who partners with families to build homes and offer no-interest mortgages. Check out Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity for information about local projects and how to become a partner family.
    • Hearth Professionals for Independent Living assists individuals all ages and functional levels to live as independently as possible in their own home, independent living apartment or assisted living housing. Contractors, lawyers, personal finance, occupational therapists and health care providers work together to support individuals in the community.
    • Housing Resources developed by Disability Rights Ohio.  
    • Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati takes cases helping clients prevent evictions and foreclosures, eliminating lead paint hazards, addressing lockout or utility cutoff by landlords, and preserving affordable family housing.
    • MortgageLoan.com is a guide to housing and mortgages for people with disabilities. It covers terminology, the process of buying a house and financial assistance.
    • People Working Cooperatively, Inc. (PWC) is a non-profit organization working with professionals and volunteers to provide low income, elderly and disabled homeowners with critical home repairs, energy conservation and weatherization, mobility modifications, and maintenance services. They also provide energy consideration services for renters. Services vary by state and county. Find information for Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
    • Refinance and Mortgage Guide for People with Disabilities has information on the key steps in buying a home and funding sources
    • When a child resides in an institution for more than 30 days, the income and resources ot the child's parents are not longer counted in determining the Medicaid eligibility of the child. Therefore, children who are institutionalized for more than a month will generally qualify for Medicaid.
    • Ask the Right Questions is a guide to making decisions about residential supports for family members with disabilities.
    • Center for Independent Living Options (CILO) is the oldest center for independent living in Ohio serving individuals with disabilities in Greater Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky. They can assist with affordable, accessible housing, emergency shelter, provide help for the homeless, independent living skills and personal assistance.
    • Hearth Professionals for Independent Living assists individuals all ages and functional levels to live as independently as possible in their own home, independent living apartment or assisted living housing. Contractors, lawyers, personal finance, occupational therapists and health care providers work together to support individuals in the community.
    • LADD (Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled), located in Cincinnati, supports individuals over the age of 18 who are eligible for services provided by the Hamilton County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. They have training programs for independence, apartments, community supported living assistance and home ownership programs. 
    • Envision, located in Cincinnati, provides supervised living assistance in traditional group homes, apartments and foster family settings in the community. They can provide guidance to individuals and families who are seeking out advice and direction on residential services. Staff are able to work with funding sources and share knowledge about the availability of other resources.
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