Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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Individualized Residential Alternative


An Individualized Residential Alternative (IRA) is a type of community residence that provides room, board and individualized service options.  Similar to the CR living environments, Supervised IRAs provide 24-hour staff support and supervision for up to 14 residents, whereas  Supportive IRAs are limited to 3 or fewer individuals and provide need-based supports and services for those who are living in their own homes or apartments, but do not require 24-hour staff support and supervision.  Day services are also available for individuals living in IRAs and may include day habilitation, prevocational services and supported employment. Depending upon the individual’s skill level, some may be competitively employed.