People come into the Independent Living Program by contacting SMILES to inquire about our services themselves, or are referred by other service providers that SMILES collaborates with or through county social services.

They may already know what they need, or SMILES can help them with determining their needs through an assessment. The Independent Living is a goal driven program as determined by the consumer, and continues to provide support as needed.

The Independent Living Program is intended to provide youth and adults with disabilities the opportunity to make appropriate choices and learn the skills that will assist them to achieve the individual’s desired level of independence. Training sessions are offered both on an individual or small group basis and can take place in a consumer’s home, in the community, or at the Independent Living Center offices.

SMILES is licensed by the state of Minnesota under Minnesota statute 245D to provide individual in-home community supports to persons who qualify to receive assistance through the Developmental Disability, Community Access for Disability Inclusion or Brain Injury waivers, or Semi Independent Living Services.

More information is available on the Minnesota Department of Human Services website.