Providing caring and individualized in-home supports that foster independence and help people with disabilities remain in their home and community of choice.
What is Community Supports?
Community Supports are home and community-based services (HCBS) provided to children and adults of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities within their homes and communities. Approximately 600 ICM CareGivers (Direct Support Professionals or DSPs) provide support services to ICM customers. ICM refers to the people supported as customers because they can choose to seek services elsewhere at any time. These services include hands-on assistance with daily living and habilitation activities to help develop skills in many life domains (e.g., money management, cooking, shopping, bathing, dressing, and personal hygiene). For instance, one individual being supported by ICM may need hands-on assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week while another person may only require assistance with meal preparation, shopping, and going to the gym a few days each week.
The majority of ICM’s Community Supports program is funded through a 1915c Waiver under the authority of Arkansas Medicaid. ICM is credentialed to provide Community Supports Services by Arkansas Total Care, Summit Community Care, and Empower Healthcare Solutions.
The most common type of community support is Supportive Living under the 1915c Waiver.
What Makes ICM’s Community Supports Program Different?
ICM strongly believes that all people are created equal and should have the right to live in the home of their choosing, not an institution. Our approach is driven by this belief. ICM customizes its services and supports to address each person’s unique needs and situation instead of a one-size-fits-all approach. ICM provides CareGivers (Direct Support Professionals) throughout every region of Arkansas including many Therapists, Board Certified Behavioral Analysts, Registered Nurses, and Psychological Examiners.
How to Receive ICM Community Supports?
Children and adults can receive ICM community supports services through two primary means:
- Children and adults in need of community supports who are Arkansas Medicaid-eligible can apply for services with the Arkansas Department of Human Services. These services are funded through the 1915c Community and Employment Services Waiver. Due to Arkansas Medicaid-funded limitations, there are several thousand people in Arkansas currently waiting to receive services, some up to eight to ten years. Upon being notified they are eligible to receive services, individuals can select a PASSE (Provider-led Shared Savings Entity) to manage their care. PASSEs are insurance companies that are responsible for overseeing the care provided to Medicaid beneficiaries eligible to receive 1915c Waiver services. The three PASSEs currently licensed in Arkansas are Arkansas Total Care, Summit Community Care, and Empower Healthcare Solutions.
- After being referred to a PASSE, the individual can select a provider for Supportive Living. ICM is a provider for Supportive Living.
- Private Pay
- Children and adults in need of community supports who are not Medicaid-eligible can pay a private rate for services.
ICM provides a small apartment complex consisting of four units for ICM customers with disabilities. In 2015, ICM remodeled the administrative office on Kanis Road in Little Rock to provide a housing option for people with developmental disabilities and medical needs. The apartments are designed with privacy and tranquility in mind and located in a quiet rural area in west Little Rock.
How to Learn More?
If you would like to learn more about receiving in-home supports or are interested in becoming a Direct Support Professional, please contact us at ICMcommunitysupports@icm-inc.org or call 501-228-0063 today!
Testimonials from Customers
As Kenny Jo has grown from a young child to an adult, his needs have changed, and ICM has grown with him. As he has transitioned into adulthood, ICM has helped to meet those changes. It has been beneficial for him to be with a provider that is able to continue his continuity of care, and that has met his changing needs throughout his aging and growth.