Medically Dependent Children Program
Medically Dependent Children Program – MDCP
This program provides Respite, Flexible Family Support Services, Minor Home Modifications, Adaptive Aids, Transition Assistance Services and Financial Management Services to prevent placement of individuals in long-term care facilities who are medically dependent and under 21 years of age and support deinstitutionalization of nursing facility residents under 21 years of age.
- Respite is a service that provides temporary relief from care giving to the applicant’s/individual’s primary caregiver during the times when the primary caregiver would normally provide care. The primary caregiver may be the applicant’s/individual’s parent(s), guardian, a family member or spouse, if married.
- Flexible Family Support Services include personal care supports for basic activities of daily living (ADL) and instrumental ADL, skilled task and delegated skilled task supports.
- Examples of basic ADL include:
- bathing or showering,
- transferring in or out of a bed or chair,
- using the toilet (continence), and
- Instrumental ADL may not be necessary for fundamental self-care, but may be useful for community living. These activities may include:
- preparing meals,
- shopping for groceries or personal items,
- using the telephone,
- taking medications, and
- managing money.
- Flexible Family Support Services promote community inclusion in typical child and youth activities through the enhancement of natural supports and systems and through recognition that these supports may vary by child, provider, setting and daily routine. Flexible Family Support Services may be delivered by the Home and Community Support Service Agency (HCSSA)