ACIDD Maryland provides Family & Individual Support Services (FISS) to people who have the dual diagnoses of Developmental Disability and Mental Illness in the State of Maryland. FISS is an alternative to the structured GH and ALU residential model in the community. This service is also one of the Intellectual Disability Initiatives, a critical component of ACIDD mission to promote community-based support services for all individuals with developmental disorders for a healthy, strong and economically self-sufficient group of citizens in the State of Maryland.

With this mission to empower individuals with Intellectual Disability in communities around the State to enable them make positive life choices to maximize their potential towards well-being, better living and working in the community, FISS will be building long-term relationship between individuals, families, and our employees by undertaking responsible behavior in our actions towards each other.

The goals are:

  • Fostering  innovative strategies and their applications as the basis for bringing about stable integrated setting , well being with improved status of health, safety, independence, personal choice and individual rights;
  • Developing natural supports, personal assistance, independent living, support and care by the individual, family, and ensure independence, self-confidence and enhancement of social skills of individuals to maintain a good healthy environment.
  • Introducing program services that include family and individual support services  as a means to gain independence, freedom from being institutionalized, and ensure return to relatively normal life for them;
  • Exemplifying and promoting highest quality of service to individuals with Intellectual Disability as a mark of disability.

Under the Intellectual Disability Initiative, FISS is considered as an alternative to structured residential program with multiple services to people with intellectual disability.