Option 1: Living independently in an apartment
Individual Support Services: For adults with developmental disabilities who can live in an apartment on their own, with a roommate, with a spouse or with children, the Individual Support Services program provides support and an emergency on-call system. Services are based on individual needs and preferences and may include transportation to medical appointments; nursing; assistance with grocery shopping; and socialization. The case managers also work one-to-one teaching personal safety, money management, menu planning and other skills.
Please see our Residential Options within the sections below, or contact us at 978-685-9471 or firstname.lastname@example.org for any additional information.
To qualify for the Individual Support Services program, there are two prerequisites:
Your family member has a referral from the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) specifically for the Individual Support Services Program. For more information, contact your DDS Service Coordinator.
Option 2: Living with a single person, couple or family
Shared Living: This program matches adults with developmental disabilities with a single person, couple or family who can provide room, board and transportation. The home care provider receives a stipend to cover costs and works closely with a Fidelity House case manager. Fidelity House provides safety training, nursing support and access to community resources.
To qualify for Shared Living, there are two prerequisites:
Your family member has a referral from the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) specifically for the Shared Living Program. For more information, contact your DDS Service Coordinator.
Option 3: Living in a group home with other adults who have developmental disabilities
Community Residences: Fidelity House Human Services provides opportunities for small group-living in 20 community residences located throughout Lawrence, Methuen, Haverhill, Georgetown and Andover. Homes are staffed 24 hours a day and provide a safe and supportive environment where each individual is encouraged to be as independent as possible. Our residential programs are staffed with a ratio of 1 nurse to every 9 individuals and our medical homes with 1 nurse to every 3 individuals. We provide each individual with personalized and comprehensive care. Our nurses get to know each individual, oversee all medical treatments and make sure that daily care is tailored to each individual’s health needs. Berkeley Place is one of our residences that is now a NEW option for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who require 24 x 7 support.
To qualify for Community Residences, there are two prerequisites:
Your family member has a referral from the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) or the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission specifically for a Community Residence.
For more information on a referral from DDS, contact your DDS Service Coordinator.
For more information on a referral from the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, call (617) 204-3851 or 1-800-245-6543 (Voice/TDD) for Independent Living, Turning 22, Housing and Supported Living Programs.
Option 4: Living with a member of your own family or a foster family
For more information about living with a member of your own family or a foster family, please visit our Adult Foster Care page.