Speaking out for People with
 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The Top Three Misperceptions of ICFs/IID

Source: Studio 5, Salt Lake City

[ICFs/IID = Medicaid-Licensed Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities]

Misperception #1: ICFs/IID are similar to nursing homes.

Reality: ICFs/ID provide services specifically designed to protect the health and welfare of people coping with intellectual disabilities and other developmental disabilities.

Misperception #2: ICFs/IID are like warehouses where people are trapped and isolated.

Reality: ICFs/IID go beyond the label 'warehouse' and instead involve caring communities where services and support are given individually.

Misperception #3: Staff at ICFs/IID are short staffed and receive inadequate training to deal with the intellectually disabled.

Reality: Staff are regulated and trained to provide individual care in a friendly, caring environment; and train the intellectually disabled to be an active part of the community in which they live; to be able to learn what they need to in order to live as independently as possible.

For more information about information about Utah's Mission Health Services' ICFs/IID call 801-282-0686, or watch this video. Seeing is believing.