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Community Options FAQ

Who can become a certified Family Home Provider?

You can be single, married, or have other family members living with you in your home. However, you must be able to demonstrate stability, warmth, and the capacity to include another family member into your everyday home life.

You must also have at least one (1) year of direct care experience in the field serving people with developmental disabilities, social work, counseling, or education.

Is there special training involved?

Yes. COIS provides you with an intensive certification training program. After you have been certified, you are required to meet face-to-face with COIS Staff once a month and attend quarterly in-services. Opportunities to attend conferences and seminars are available to Family Home Providers throughout the year.

What does it take to become a certified Family Home Provider?

A family home provider must be certified by COIS prior to serving one of our clientele. The certification process can take a couple of months to complete and includes the following components:

  • Orientation
  • Core Certification Training
  • Additional Certification Training
  • Family Home Assessment and Evaluation
  • Issuance of Certificate of Approval

What are the needs of clientele served by COIS?

Clientele relocating into a certified family homes through COIS have varying needs and are from various backgrounds and home lives. everyone we serve is a client of the regional center and must have a intellectual/developmental disability that may include the following: mental retardation, autism, epilepsy, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and/or other substantial conditions.

COIS specializes in the skills necessary to assist family home providers in serving people who may have challenges that require special supports.

What role do I play in deciding who I will provide services to in  will live in my home?

Prior to a move in date, we have to assure that there is a good match between the people we support and your family home. COIS can make arrangements for short-term trial home visits.  It’s all about the match!

How long am I expected to serve this person in my home?

This will vary from person to person – situation to situation.

How many people can I serve in my home at one time?

The number of people receiving support from you will vary upon the needs of the client, your skill, and resources that are available. No more than two (2) individuals served by our agency may be placed into the same family home.  COIS also insist that each person we support have their own bedroom and personal privacy.

How am I reimbursed for the services I provide?

COIS will reimburse monthly for services, room/board, and supervision.   Reimbursement for services varies depending upon the service needs of the client served and the family home providers’ skill level.

There is a tax advantage in that payment for services is not considered taxable income. Contact your tax consultant for further advice.

To find out about the next COIS Orientation date in your area, please contact us by phone or email.

818-780-0031 – Ext 206