How to Fund Technology Supports
Are you excited about adding monitoring technology supports within your home or organization, but just don’t know where to start? No problem. Here at the Technology Resource Center, we’ve broken down the Technology Implementation process into five basic steps:
If you haven’t already, you should begin conversations, bringing in the entire support team. Next, create a person-centered technology plan that addresses individual goals and concerns. Then–and only then–you should begin your search for equipment & supplies that meet the desired goals/needs. Where we find most people run into barriers that halt the process, is in the Funding stage.
- Are you wondering what the difference is between Residential and Non-Residential funding?
- Does the Rate Management System (RMS) have your head spinning?
- Are you familiar with the 6790?
For monitoring technology paid for through the Disability Waiver Rate System (DWRS), there are two types of funding available—and that funding depends on where the individual is living.
If living in your/their own home (Non-Residential), monitoring technology is funded under a Market Rate Service, either 24-Hour Emergency Assistance or Environmental Accessibility Adaptations (EAA).
If you/they are living in licensed provider-controlled housing (Residential), monitoring technology is funded using the Residential Management System (RMS) Framework.
Here is an excerpt from our Tech 101: The Funding training course, explaining the Rate Management System.
For a complete overview of all of the ins-and-outs of funding, check out our online training series Tech 101: The Funding. The full course walks you through step-by-step how to fill out the 6790 and how to calculate your own rate specific to your organization using the waiver rate-setting framework. The course also explores funding assistive technology and alternative funding options.