Kinship Care Policy
This policy is designed to allow for family members of an individual with an intellectual or developmental disability to live together due to changing circumstances, such as aging caregiver parents or the loss of a caregiver parent. This arrangement further minimizes the impact of moving into a new home by establishing the individual's residency within the bounds of the family, typically with siblings.
To be eligible for Kinship Care, a family member of the supported individual must meet the requirements of RI BHDDH Eligibility Policy for Residential Services and complete the SLA application process.
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.