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Youth in Transition Toolkit:

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Independent living

Advocacy and supports

Services and supports for independent living

Does the youth have the necessary services and supports to live as independently as possible?

Services and supports for independent living are matched to a person's individual needs. Informal supports may be available from friends, family and the community. Formal supports are provided by personal care assistants and programs such as Medicaid waivers.

  • Awareness: Understand formal and informal independent living supports and how to access them as needed.
  • Exploration: Identify strengths, preferences, interests and needs for formal and informal independent living supports.
  • Preparation: Practice using informal independent living supports and apply for formal independent living supports as needed.
  • Implementation: Use informal and/or formal supports to live as independently as possible.

Instruction in self-advocacy

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LEARN: Develop your knowledge

Learn how to support youth in exploring services and supports for independent living.

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DO: Work with youth

Find resources to help youth explore services and supports for independent living.

Direct youth to Disability Hub MN's pages on independent living and staying in your home. Details include receiving care at home, waiver programs, ways to get around, home modifications and more. 

Step 1: Watch benefits videos in the Benefits planning toolkit: Resources and tools

Step 2: Watch Moving ahead with Minnesota benefits

Step 3: Review Benefits for young people: Key programs in Disability Benefits 101.

  • Read through or talk about the SSI, MA and MA-EPD sections. Help youth understand programs that can help them pay for things like rent, utilities and health care — plus how to work and still get the benefits they need.
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