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Florida Department of Children and Families, Adult Services

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Services

Service Descriptions

Adult Protective Services
The Adult Protective Services program, mandated by Chapter 415, Florida Statutes, is a system of specialized social services directed toward protecting vulnerable adults who are unable to manage their own affairs, from further occurences of abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Assessment of an individual's need for protective services is initiated in response to a reported allegation of abuse, neglect, or exploitation. The four components of Adult Protective Services are:
  1. The on-site investigation of all reports of alleged abuse, neglect, or exploitation;
  2. Determination of immediate risk to the vulnerable adult and the provision of necessary emergency services;
  3. Evaluation of the need for and provision of on-going protective supervision; and,
  4. Provision or arrangement of on-going protective services.


Protective Investigations: The investigation of reports of abuse, neglect, or exploitation through observation, evidence gathering, and collateral contacts.

Protective Supervision The primary source of service delivery for those vulnerable adults who were determined through a protective investigation to be in danger of continued abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Services to protect the victim from further abuse, neglect, or exploitation may be provided or arranged by the protective supervision program.
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Placement Services
Placement Services is a program to assist elderly persons or disabled adults who can no longer live in their own homes, obtain placement in the least restrictive environment. Placement services include:
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Community Care for Disabled Adults (CCDA)
The Community Care for Disabled Adults (CCDA) program assists adults (18 through 59 years of age) who have a permanent physical or mental disability that restricts their ability to perform one or more activities of daily living and impedes their capacity to live independently. Through the provision of, or linkage to, in-home services, CCDA helps these disabled adults live dignified and reasonably independant lives in their own homes. Services include but are not limited to: adult day care; case management; chore service; escort service; homemaker service; and personal care.

Through these services, CCDA strives to enhance the individual's quality of life, help the individual to remain in the least restrictive environment, and prevent premature institutionalization.

Each district is responsible for the administration of the CCDA program. Some districts, through agency staff, provide case management services and contract with community service providers for the provision of eligible services of the CCDA program. Other districts contract with provider agencies for all services, including case management.
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Home and Community Based Services Medicaid Waiver
The Home and Community Based Services Medicaid Waiver program assists low income adults (18 through 59 years of age) who have one or more permanent physical or mental limitations that restrict their ability to perform one or more activities of daily living. To be eligible to receive services, the individual must meet Medicaid financial eligibility and be certified as at risk of nursing home placement. The Aged and Disabled Adult Waiver program provides services similar to those provided by the CCDA program listed above. Each district is responsible for the administration of the Medicaid Waiver program. Some districts, through agency staff, provide case management services and contract with community service providers for the provision of eligible services of the Medicaid Waiver program. Other districts contract with provider agencies for all services, including case management. Services include personal care, home delivered meals, homemaker services, day care, and other services.
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Home Care for Disabled Adults (HCDA)
This program provides case management services and a small financial subsidy to approved families or friends providing in-home care to adult persons (18 through 59 years of age) with disabilities who would otherwise be placed in nursing homes or institutions. Subsidy payments, though limited in amount, are intended to help offset the cost of housing, food, clothing, and incidentals, as well as those expenses related to medical, pharmaceutical, and dental services not covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or another form of insurance. A special pre-authorized supplemental subsidy may also provide for assistance with the purchase of equipment, supplies, and/or services when regarded as essential to the health and well being of the individual, if funding is available.

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