Community Living Services (CLS) – LINCS

Linking Individuals with Neighborhood and Community Supports

LINCS, a program within the Community Support Services Division, supervised by Dana Barrick provides community living services to individuals with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities who are open to services through Van Buren Community Mental Health and are assigned a Case Manager/Supports Coordinator to monitor their services. Services are individually tailored to meet individual needs with the outcome of helping the person become as self-sufficient as possible as well as an active member of their community.  Through these opportunities, whether provided in the individual’s home, community, or in a volunteer setting, individuals can improve skills which promote self-sufficiency and responsible adult behavior. Supports can also be provided to assist individuals in accessing their community for recreational purposes, should the individual lack other means of support.


LINCS is also able to provide RESPITE services to non-paid primary caregivers giving them a break from the ongoing care of an individual with intellectual or physical disabilities residing in their home. Specific requirements must be met to be eligible for RESPITE services as defined in the Medicaid Provider Manual. This service is offered to provide relief from the daily caregiving responsibilities to ensure the individual’s residential living arrangement is not jeopardized. This service can take place in the individual’s home or the community, per the preference of the caregiver.