Centers for Independent Living are not residential facilities. They provide support and advocacy services to help people with disabilities live their best lives in the community.
What Centers for Independent Living (CILs) Do
CACIL assists the centers to remove barriers to the independence, inclusion, and integration of people with disabilities in Connecticut. CILs regularly share resources, materials and know-how, which fosters collaboration and innovation.
CILs have served as the voice of the disability rights movement in Connecticut since its inception more than thirty years ago. The CILs advocate on a state and national level for accessible communities and equal rights.
CILs are consumer-controlled organizations, meaning they are staffed and managed by a majority of qualified people with disabilities. People with disabilities have control over all services offered.
CILs assist individuals of all ages and disabilities in navigating complex service systems and advocate to ensure access to their chosen services and supports.
Core programs include information and referral services, peer counseling, individual and systems advocacy, independent living skills training and transition services for both youth transition and nursing facility transition.
CILs are responsive to the unique needs of each local community.
Other services vary from individual center to center but generally include: assistance with housing, education, employment, benefits, assistive technology, medical needs and personal care assistance services among others.
TRANSITIONING TO COMMUNITY LIVING
The work of CILs to transition and divert people with disabilities from costly institutional placements saves the State of CT millions of dollars each year. CILs have been at the forefront of transitioning and diverting people from institutions for more than 2 decades and have played a critical role in piloting CT’s Nursing Facility Transition Project. CT’s CILs continue to help the state rebalance the long-term care system through the federally funded Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Project (MFP).
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