Shared Living Arrangements

Frequently Asked Questions

These are some common questions and answers about becoming a Home Provider through Perspectives' Shared Living Arrangements program.


Q: What is a Home Provider?

A: In the Shared Living Arrangements program, a Home Provider is an independent contractor, a trusted guide, an advocate, a friend, and a caregiver; someone who wants to take an adult with an intellectual or developmental disability into their home.

Q: What are my responsibilities as a Home Provider?

A: As a Home Provider you are responsible to provide for the health and well-being of the individual in your home including personal care, meals, shelter, clothing, transportation, community involvement and religious participation. Home Providers are expected to communicate on a regular basis with the support team, maintain documentation and participate in all planning meetings.

Q: What is the time commitment for being an SLA Provider? Is this a 24 hour responsibility?

A: We require a minimum of a one-year commitment. Being a Home Provider is a 24-hour responsibility; however, some individuals are employed and/or receive day services in addition to the SLA services you provide. It is important to note that if the individual does not attend a job or day program due to illness, closure etc., it is your responsibility to provide for the individuals at these times.

Q: How do I become a Home Provider?

A: The screening process includes applications, BCI checks, driving background checks, and reference checks, as well as personal interviews, a home inspection and Pre-Service Orientation. Once a home and home provider has been approved we begin the matching process.

Q: How are people matched?

A: Participants are matched based on information obtained during the screening process, referrals from the Division of Developmental Disabilities, agency recommendations, and your input.

Q: How long does it take to be approved to participate in SLA?

A: Once your completed application is received, it takes approximately three to four weeks to complete reference checks.

Q: Can I work while participating in SLA?

A: Yes, however, if you are the Home Provider, you cannot be employed by Perspectives. If you are a household member in an SLA home, you can be an employee of Perspectives.

Q: Can I have more than one person living in my home participating in SLA?

A: Yes however, this is must be approved by the Division of Developmental Disabilities.

Q: What happens if I can no longer provide SLA or if the individual is not a match for my home or family?

A: Perspectives will work with the individual and the Division of Developmental Disabilities to find an appropriate living arrangement.

Q: What support does the agency provide to the SLA home provider?

A: Each Home Provider and individual living with them has an assigned Service Coordinator and Senior Director. The Service Coordinator's role is to meet regularly and oversee the status of the arrangement. The Senior Director is on call 24/7 for emergency or urgent matters and supervision.

Q: How much information is provided to me regarding an individual's background?

A: Once the matching process begins, basic information will be provided. As the matching process continues, more information will be provided. Should the process continue to fruition, the Home Provider will be provided with all information.

Q: What is the level of a typical individual's community involvement?

A: Each individual is different depending factors such as age, medical status, employment, family relationships, and interests.

Q: What do Home Providers earn?

A: A tax-free, daily stipend is paid which equates to $17,520 to $32,850 annually based on the individuals assigned funding level. Each individual is evaluated by the Division of Developmental Disabilities through a procedure called a Supports Intensity Scale (SIS). The assigned level correlates with the needs of the individual. The Home Provider is also paid 2/3rds of the standard SSI, which is $488.67 (Current standard is $ 733) for room and board expenses.

Q: Is the money received for SLA taxable?

A: No taxes are withheld from the stipend or SSI payments, mileage or respite. For reportable earnings, consult a tax professional.

Q: Will I be reimbursed for mileage for using my own vehicle for transporation?

A: No, unless you as the Home Provider transports the individual to day services.

Q: How do I learn more?

A: If you or someone you know is interested in the SLA program, contact Nancy Lewis-Oliver, Senior Director, at (401) 294-3990 x. 237 or (401) 789-3081. You may also contact us online.

Q: If I complete an application, what is the next step?

A: Completed applications can be submitted to Nancy Lewis-Oliver. The application contains personal information; therefore we suggest using USPS or hand delivery to the Perspectives Main Office.