Description: Shared Living is a residential option that allows a person who receives funding from DDS to use their funding allocation to pay a caregiver to live in the residence where the person chooses to live. This may be in the person’s own home, in the person’s leased apartment/home, or in some exceptions, in the caregiver’s home or apartment.
The paid caregiver cannot be a legally responsible family member or legal guardian. The person receiving services from DDS and the paid caregiver are expected to share living expenses and the paid caregiver is expected to provide support to the person in return for the per diem wages/stipend they are provided.
The person and their paid caregiver must complete a Shared Living Agreement of Services which outlines the individualized support the paid caregiver will perform; how daily living rules and responsibilities will be shared and implemented and how living expenses will be split.
Shared Living must result in the person being integrated into usual activities of the family and community life. In addition, there must be opportunities for learning, developing and maintaining skills including ADL’s, IADL’s, social and recreation activities and personal enrichment.
Eligibility: The Shared Living option is available for any individual receiving residential funding from DDS.
Vice President of Community Support Services
Phone: (203) 389-2970, Ext. 1601
Six Lunar Drive
Woodbridge, CT 06525
Main Phone: (203) 389-2970
Main Fax: (203) 397-0658
Department of Developmental Services