The SLA Family
The SLA family's role entails that of an advocate, friend, mentor and support provider. They assist the individual with participation in community activities, learning new skills, developing friendships, and making choices that will lead to a satisfying, safe and productive life for the supported individual.
The SLA family is also responsible for the provision of personal care, meals, transportation and other needs of the supported individual such as assistance with laundry, shopping, paying bills, and other day-to-day tasks.
To become a Shared Living Home Provider, a family must meet the requirements of the RI BHDDH Eligibility Policy for Residential Services and complete the SLA application process.
Parents of an individual with an intellectual or developmental disability are not eligible to be caretakers in the Shared Living Program but non-legally responsible, qualified family members of the supported individual may be eligible under the terms of the Kinship Care policy.
In return for participating in a Shared Living Arrangement, the SLA family will be compensated:
- Tax-free stipend which ranges from $17,520 to $32,850 annually
- Tax-free room and board: $488.67 per month totaling $5,864.04 annually
- Taxable respite allowance which ranges from $4,056 to $6,084. The respite allowance permits the SLA family to fund paid substitute care and support by individuals that a SLA family chooses to use as a paid respite provider.
The total compensation package can range from $23,3884.04 to $38,714.04 annually and is dependent on the Tier Classification of the supported individual.