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About ICFs

You have the right to make choices about your life. You have the right to make choices about where you live and who you live with. You can choose to live in an intermediate care facility. These are sometimes called ICF for short.

  •  At least 4 people live together in an ICF.

  • An ICF has staff on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • There is always someone to help in an emergency.

  • Every ICF looks different, but usually people who live in an ICF share a bedroom.

Moving Into an ICF 

If you are thinking about moving into an ICF, you may want to visit a few different ones to see what you like. You can visit at different times of the day to see what people are doing. You can ask questions during your visit. 

If you want to move into an ICF where nine or more people live, you will need to meet with your service and support coordinator or SSA, from your local county board of developmental disabilities for Pre-Admission Counseling.

Pre-Admission Counseling

Pre-admission counseling is a meeting with your service and support administrator or SSA from your county board of developmental disabilities. Your SSA will meet with you to make sure you understand everything that is available to support you while living in an ICF or living somewhere else. After pre-admission counseling if you choose to live in an ICF, staff from the ICF will contact you to talk about moving in.

Working with a QIDP

You will begin working with staff of the ICF called a qualified intellectual disabilities professional or Q for short.

Your Q will talk with you, your family, or other people who support you about your strengths, goals, and areas in which you need help from ICF staff.

The Q will use this information to work with you and write a service plan that lists all of the services you can expect while you are living in the ICF. You will meet with your Q at least once time every year to make sure you are receiving the services in your plan. You will also work with your Q to make sure your services change as your needs change.

If you are interested in living in an ICF you can talk to your county board of developmental disabilities or with a facility that you like to get more information. 

Moving Out of an ICF

You can always change your mind after you move into an ICF. You can learn about the services that can support you if you want to move out.

Options Counseling is available to people who live in an ICF who want to learn more about the support available to help them live outside of an ICF.

If you choose to move out of an ICF and enroll in a waiver, you will meet with a service and support administrator, or SSA from your local county board of developmental disabilities.

Your SSA will meet with you, your family, or other people who support you and begin to help you prepare for your move.

DODD has partnered with CareStar to provide options counseling in a one-on one conversation. 

Watch this presentation for an overview of the options counseling information CareStar offers in-person. 

Screenshot of the first screen of the CareStar presentation.