The Virginia Individual and Family Support Program

The Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP) is designed to assist individuals on the waiting list for the Developmental Disability Waiver Program to access short-term resources, supports, and services that will help them remain in their own community homes. The settlement agreement between the Commonwealth and the U.S. Department of Justice on Virginia’s Intellectual and Developmental Disability System requires the IFSP to run until 2021.

The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) operates the IFSP Program.

To be eligible for this program an individual must:
1) be on the DD Waiver Waitlist and
2) have provided receipts from any previous IFSP funding period (only if you have received funds in the past).

The maximum award amount per individual is currently $1,000.

The application period is closed for this year.  The next application period has not been announced.


 IFSP funds can be used to support individuals in a variety of ways, including: respite care, transportation services, behavioral consultation and/or behavior therapy, companion animals, assistive technology and home modifications, goods or products that directly support the individual, temporary rental assistance or deposits, fees for summer camp and other recreation service, temporary assistance with utilities or deposits, dental or medical expenses of the individual, and family education, information, and training.