Page posted: 3/13/06
Page reviewed: 5/3/11
Page updated: 6/21/17
Semi-independent living services (SILS): Services needed by an adult with a developmental disability or related condition(s) to live successfully in the community.
A person is eligible to receive SILS if he/she meets all of the following criteria:
If the person uses home and community-based waiver services, he/she is not eligible for SILS.
The goal of SILS is to support people in ways that enable them to achieve personally desired outcomes and lead self-directed lives. SILS include training and assistance to:
Under SILS, a person may receive a one-time housing allowance of up to $1,500. This allowance may cover some of the costs related to damage or security deposits for housing rentals, utility deposits, connection costs, household furnishings and other items necessary to enable the person to secure a home in which to receive SILS.
A person may not receive SILS if he/she permanently resides in any of the following:
Provision of SILS
The methods, materials and settings used to provide SILS must be designed to:
The funding source for SILS is 70 percent state and 30 percent county. Each county has a guaranteed floor of $1,000.
Counties may pay agencies or SILS workers directly, or they may issue vouchers or cash grants so a person can pay service providers
Short-term medical stays
If a person receives SILS and enters a nursing facility for short-term medical rehabilitation, he/she may continue to receive SILS to maintain life in the community.
For example, when recovering from a surgical procedure, a person could receive SILS to process mail, pay bills or keep housing payments current.
Provider standards and qualifications
The county may contract with licensed or unlicensed SILS providers.
A provider licensed under 245D must report all uses of controlled procedures, emergency use of manual restraint and prohibited procedures according to Minn. Stat. 245D.06, subd. 5 to DHS via the Behavioral Intervention Report Form DHS-5148 (PDF) .
A SILS provider may be excluded from 245D licensure if he/she meets the requirements in Minn. Stat. §245A.03, subd. 2(1) or (2) .
The county determines qualifications for the individual, unlicensed SILS worker. A friend or neighbor may receive payment to deliver SILS without a license if both conditions are met:
Lead agency responsibilities
The county is responsible to: