WHAT IS THE STATE PLAN FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING?
The primary duty of the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) is to develop the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). This is done in cooperation with the Centers for Independent Living (CILs) after receiving public input from individuals with disabilities, other stakeholders, and all segments of the public. The SPIL serves as a blueprint that encompasses the activities planned by the state to achieve its specified independent living objectives. It reflects the state’s commitment to comply with all applicable statutory and regulatory requirements during the three years covered by the plan.
A SPIL must reflect the needs of individuals with significant disabilities in the state. To accurately describe the complexity of the challenges and barriers encountered both individually and at the systems level requires a thoughtful, organized approach. As we gear up for our next SPIL, due June of 2024, we invite YOU to participate in a series of needs assessment activities.
The SILC falls under Title VII, Chapter I, Part B of the Rehabilitation Act, as Amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, and Section 796 of Title 29 of the United States Code. These laws mandate that the SILC performs the following duties:
- Develop and submit the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) along with the directors of the CIL’s in the state.
- Monitor, review, and evaluate the implementation of the SPIL.
- Coordinate activities with the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC), and other councils that address the needs of specific disability populations and issues.
- In partnership with the Designated State Entity (DSE), jointly develop and approve the Resource Plan for Independent Living Services. This attachment to the SPIL includes funding for all independent living services in the state, as well as the SILC.
- Ensure that all regularly scheduled meetings of the Council are open to the public, and that sufficient advance notice is provided.