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District of Columbia Primary Service Agency Priorities

Priorities and eligibility criteria will be tailored to the population each agency serves and will be created collaboratively with the constituents who receive services. The following populations should be prioritized as agencies review their policies and procedures to reflect the goals of One Community for All:

  • Children and adults who are receiving institutional residential services from District agencies. Priority should be given to individuals who currently receive these services outside of the District of Columbia. The agencies may need to develop service capacity to meet the needs of this population within the District of Columbia.
  • Persons with disabilities who are homeless, soon to be released from jail, prison or juvenile detention facilities or otherwise known to District agencies;
  • Persons who are receiving community living services, but still have significant unmet needs that put them at risk of unjustified institutionalization;
  • Persons who are known to need, but currently receive few or no community living services and therefore are at immediate or long term risk of unjustifiable institutionalization; and
  • Persons with disabilities who are currently not receiving services from District agencies because they live with a family member who can no longer support an individual with a disability.

Each primary service agency, in collaboration with stakeholders, will establish annual performance measures that embrace the spirit and intent of the Olmstead Community Integration Plan. In creating the annual performance measures, the primary service agencies will:

  • Recommend community services and supports that reflect personal choice thus allowing individuals with disabilities to select services and supports that are designed to meet their specific needs.
  • Provide information about community-based providers in accessible formats that promote effective communication and respect individual choice.
  • Develop a goal of transition or diversion upon admission of an individual to institutional services. Individuals will require a reasonable amount of time based on their needs to develop a transition or diversion plan. In order to facilitate timely community placement, potential service providers must be identified when the individual is admitted to an institutional setting.
  • Develop outreach materials in accessible formats to be distributed to the agency’s service population. These materials should promote effective communication and provide clear and concise information on community-based services and options.
  • Facilitate community forums for each agency’s constituency. These events will be conducted so that community members may receive accurate information on how to access community-based services and exercise personal choice. These forums will be scheduled, publicized, and hosted throughout the fiscal year to promote the education of the target population regarding community-based services and options.