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Supported Community Living (SCL)

SCL provides 1 to 24 hours of skills training per day based on the consumer’s needs. The service is designed to assist individuals with disabilities in becoming more independent with daily living needs in a community setting. Services may include but are not limited to personal needs, home skills, community skills, transportation, and treatment services.  In the fall of 1996, Hills & Dales first began providing services to adults with disabilities in a supported community living apartment.  Persons living at our residential center have the opportunity to move to a new living arrangement that provides greater access to the community. Hills & Dales currently supports 60 clients living in 18 apartments and community homes located in Dubuque and the Quad Cities.


These services must:

Reflect the consumer’s choice of living arrangement and services.  A consumer may choose almost any living arrangement.  A consumer may live alone, or with family, friends, other consumers or staff.  A consumer may buy or rent a house, trailer, condominium, or an apartment.  A consumer may live in an environment owned by the consumer, an agency, or someone else.


The service must be identified in the consumer’s service plan.

Living Arrangements

Services may be provided to a child or an adult in a variety of community-based, integrated residential neighborhoods.  Maintenance and room and board costs are not reimbursable.  Consumers may live within the home of their family or legal representatives or within other types of typical community living units.

Service Components

  • Personal and home skill training services are those activities which assist a consumer to develop or maintain skills for self-care, self-directness, and care of the immediate environment.
  • Individual advocacy services are the act or process of representing a person’s rights and interests in order to realize the rights to which the person is entitled and to remove barriers to meeting the person’s needs.
  • Community skills training services are activities which assist a person to develop or maintain skills which allow better participation in the community. Services must focus on the following areas as they are applicable to the person being served:
  • Personal management skills training services are activities which assist a consumer to maintain or develop skills necessary to sustain oneself in the physical environment and are essential to the management of one’s personal business and property. This includes self-advocacy skills. Examples of personal management skills are the ability to maintain a household budget, plan and prepare nutritional meals, use community resources (such as public transportation and libraries), and select foods at the grocery store.
  • Socialization skills training services are activities which assist a consumer to develop or maintain skills which include self-awareness and self-control, social responsiveness, community participation, social amenities, and interpersonal skills.
  • Communication skills training services are activities which assist a consumer to develop or maintain skills including expressive and receptive skills in verbal and nonverbal language and the functional application of acquired reading and writing skills.
  • Personal and environmental support services are activities and expenditures provided to or on behalf of a person in the areas of personal needs in order to allow the person to function in the least restrictive environment.
  • Transportation services are activities and expenditures designed to assist the consumer to travel from one place to another to obtain services or carry out life’s activities. The service excludes transportation to and from work or a day program.