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Toward Maximum Independence Frequently Asked Questions

Getting started with a service provider for intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) may seem overwhelming at times, but Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) is here to help make the process as smooth as possible. Please review our frequently asked questions below and feel free to contact us with any additional questions that you may have.

My child graduated high school at 17. Can they begin your vocational or community living programs if they are not yet 18?

TMI’s adult services begin at the age of 18, however please give us a call to get on our waitlist for the program(s) you are interested in.


Can I receive more than one service from TMI?

Yes, absolutely! There are restrictions on the amount of similar services that you can receive. For example, clients can only receive one vocational program so we would not be able to offer Integrated Work and Tailored Day Services to the same individual. However, clients can receive a vocational service and a home service such as Independent Living.


Do I need to receive all my services with one agency?

Clients can receive services from a variety of agencies. Although we would love to serve you with a variety of programs, TMI encourages individuals to check with different agencies to find the best services possible to meet your needs. 


How are services funded?

The majority of our services are funded through the Regional Center or the Department of Rehabilitation. Please check with your local Regional Center and/or Department of Rehabilitation to see if you qualify for services. If the client does not meet Regional Center and/or Department of Rehabilitation requirements, they may still be able to receive our services through a private pay option.


I am in need of emergency housing. Does TMI have openings?

Due to the nature of the Independent Living and Supported Living programs, we do not offer emergency based services or housing. An assessment must be completed (typically taking 3-6 months through a number of face-to-face meetings), to ensure program fit and the type of support that will be needed. Once the planning team are in agreement of the assessment and client needs, the team will move forward to identify housing and staffing, which can add an additional 3-6 months. Additionally, TMI does not assist with funding for housing. TMI may assist the client with finding housing, however it does not cover the cost of housing. The client is fully responsible for their rent and all associated living expenses.  

We hope we were able to answer a few initial questions that you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!

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