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Family Support Services
What is Family Support Services (FSS)?
Family Support Services is a program that monetarily assists families who have members with DD. This money is used to help families who purchase allowable items or services to help them take care of the person with DD in their home.

Individuals can apply for available funds on an annual basis.

Who can receive this money?
Any family who has a person living with them who has DD may apply for funds through this program. For individuals who are not currently receiving other services from Fulton County Board of DD, the individual must be determined Board eligible prior to determining eligibility for the FSS program. After determining Board eligibility, income eligibility is established.

What can this money be used for?
FSS Funds can be used for a number of things including:
  • Purchase of special equipment (wheelchairs, braces, hearing aids, ect.);
  • Modification of the home to help make it more accessible to a person with DD (ex. widening doorways, lowering shelves, ect,);
  • Respite Care Services to allow the family to take a break and get rest from caring for a person who has DD;
  • Special diets.

What is Respite Care?
Respite Care means appropriate short-term temporary care that is provided to an individual with DD to sustain the family structure or to meet planned or emergency needs of the family.

Can I use FSS funds to pay the sitter I use now?
Yes, if you already have a good relationship with a caregiver, you can register that person and then use your FSS Funds to help pay that person. You will be asked to sign a Family Chosen Provider Responsibility Waiver before using a family chosen provider.

Are there trained respite providers?
The FCBDD maintains a list of Board Certified Respite Providers. Call the FCBDD office at 419-337-4575 to request a copy of this list.

How do I sign up for Family Support Services?
Contact your SSA, HMG Service Coordinator or the FCBDD Office at 419-337-4575 or see the forms attached below.

*FSS is supported by State funds, local levy funds and community donations.

Click here to print a FSS packet.