Family Support Services (FSS) Program
All Family Support Services (FSS) reimbursement requests for 2013 are due by January 31, 2014.
This program helps families purchase necessary equipment and services thus easing some financial burdens on the household. More importantly, this help can increase the independence of individuals with developmental disabilities. This program is state-funded and is designed to keep family members with developmental disabilities living at home. Click here to review the FSS Procedure.
What can FSS funds be used for?
The Family Support Services (FSS) program is state funded and designed to keep family members with developmental disabilities living at home by helping to reimburse specific expenses. Pending annual approval, families may be reimbursed for:
• respite care
• adaptive equipment
• home modifications
• dietary supplements
• related counseling, training and education on disability related issues
• ARC membership to get discount pricing
Within these areas, families can make purchases and submit requests for reimbursement (minus any co-pays that may apply).
There are other case-by-case items, such as diapers for children over three, prescriptions, eyeglasses, hearing aids, therapeutic toys and supplies, and therapeutic horseback riding, which may be reviewed for approval as requested. Please remember that items of this type, if total cost exceeds $100.00, need to be referred by a professional and receive pre-approval.
How can I apply to receive FSS funds?
Anyone who is eligible for Board services and is not on a Medicaid wavier can apply for the FSS program. To apply simply fill out the enrollment form and return to:
FSS Program Coordinator
Medina County Board of DD
4691 Windfall Road
Medina, Ohio 44256
After you enrollment form is reviewed, you will receive a letter determining your eligiblilty. The letter will have an explanation of the allotment of funds you will receive through the program, your co-pay amount, how to receive reimbursements for purchases and services and other important general information about the program. Please remember, regardless of when you enter the program, all FSS enrollments expire in December of each year. If you wish to continue to be enrolled in the program, you must reapply for the FSS program on a yearly basis.
Allotment balances are made available throughout the year. If you have questions about your allotment balance, please contact the Medicaid Services Manager at 330.725.7751 ext. 281 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Depending on your family's yearly income you may also have a co-pay for any qualifying purchases. Your co-payment is the portion of an expense that you are responsible for. Any co-pays you are responsible for will be clearly stated in your eligibility letter.
Receiving Your Payments
Completed paperwork (requests for reimbursements forms with original receipts, time sheets, travel sheets, invoices attached) must be received by the 5th and/or 19th of each month. Once this paperwork is received the MCBDD Business Office will review and approve. The approved paperwork is then sent to NEON (Northeast Ohio Network) for check processing. NEON has ten days from the date they receive the approved paperwork to process a check. Therefore families/providers/agencies can expect to receive reimbursement checks around the 16th and/or 30th of each month (these are approximately dates).
Click here for forms for the FSS program.
Please make sure to turn in the Annual Enrollment/Application Form before submitting any other forms for any type of reimbursements.
If you have questions or would like more information about the Family Support Services program, please contact the FSS Program Coordinator at 330.725.7751 ext. 335 or email email@example.com