State of Alabama Independent Living Service (SAIL)

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State of Alabama Independent Living Service (SAIL)

Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services

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The State of Alabama Independent Living/Homebound Service (SAIL) provides specialized in-home education and counseling, attendant care, training, and medical services to Alabamians with the most-significant disabilities. The SAIL program has seven community-based offices located throughout the state to serve residents in all 67 counties.

SAIL ensures independent living at home, at school, at work, and in the community through these specialized programs:

Homebound Services provides a wide range of education and home-based services to assist people with the most-significant disabilities in leading more independent lives at home, at school, and in the workplace.

Independent Living Support Services enhances and promotes independence in the home, school, community, and workplace.

Through a special SAIL Medicaid Waiver, case managers are able to maximize program resources and access additional programs and services to provide supports in the participant’s home, school, and/or workplace, leading to reductions in institutional placements.

SAIL combined services counselors provide one point of contact for Homebound/Waiver and Vocational Rehabilitation clients. This model of comprehensive service provision enables consumers with significant disabilities to achieve independence at home, aiding workplace success, building independence, and creating the momentum necessary to achieve goals.

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