Would You Open Your Home & Your Heart?
Become a Community Companion Home Provider
Why Community Companions?
When circumstances make it impractical for an adult with intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) to live in the family home . . .
When an individual is ready to move from a group home setting . . .
When living in a Community Companion Home (CCH) is simply the best choice for you!
Who Can Be a CCH Provider?
Community Companion Home providers are warm, nurturing people licensed by the State of Connecticut who accept the responsibility of supporting an adult with IDD in the home. CCH providers assist with communication, everyday living skills, setting goals, appointments and needs. Providers also help people with IDD keep in touch with family and friends, make new friends, and participate in everyday family life, community activities and recreation.
Here’s How You Can Help . . .
For many families, the most important reward of being a CCH provider is not financial—it’s the satisfaction from becoming part of a dedicated group of community members who make life better for people with IDD by opening hearts and homes. And, you’ll receive a monthly stipend and reimbursement
for room and board, as well as continued training and support.
Get started today . . .
The Arc Eastern Connecticut would love to meet you! Call today to set up an interview in your home so we can learn more about your interests and lifestyle, and evaluate your home for qualification as a Community Companion Home. All providers are licensed by the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services; The Arc ECT conducts visits and assessments prior to making recommendations for licensure.
Finding a match . . .
If The Arc ECT determines that a family is a good fit, the agency will call. If you decide you would like to meet a person with IDD who would also like to meet you, an introduction is planned at a convenient time. Overnight visits can be arranged. Our team will walk with you through the licensing process.
The Arc ECT’s CCH Program Coordinator
and staff provide the following services:
Clinical support and case management
Administrative on-call support
Community information and coordination for support
Training in CPR,First Aid, and how to manage specific needs
Ongoing communication regarding reviews, visits, and the participant’s individual plans
You will also receive additional training and support as needed, enabling your new family member to actively engage with your own family and in the community in ways that serve everyone’s choices and goals.