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Family Support Subsidy Program

The Family Support Subsidy (FSS) is a community-based, family-centered support service that makes it possible for children with developmental disabilities to remain with and to return to their birth or adoptive families. The subsidy provides a monthly payment ($300.36) that the family must spend on special needs that occur as a result of caring for a child with a severe disability at home. 

Families apply for the subsidy at their local Community Mental Health Services Programs. When calling your local Community Mental Health Services Program, please ask for the Family Support Subsidy Coordinator for additional information and to obtain an application. If you are unable to locate your county's CMHSP, you may call (517) 241-5774 for assistance.

If approved to receive the Subsidy, a family may choose to have their monthly payment electronically deposited. To register for electronic deposits, please click here.

The Family Support Subsidy brochures provide more details about the program and eligibility requirements and are in both English and Spanish. For English version, click here, and for Spanish version, click here.

Annual Family Survey

Each year, parents or guardians of children currently enrolled in the Family Support Subsidy program are invited to complete an anonymous survey. This survey is used to gather the parent/guardian’s opinion on the program’s helpfulness in meeting their child’s special needs, identification of the ways in which the subsidy was used and overall view of program administration.

Please click here to take the brief survey. IMPORTANT:  Please do not complete this survey if your child is NOT enrolled in the Family Support Subsidy program.

Annual Report:

The Family Support Subsidy Annual Report is a yearly report that evaluates the program and highlights how it directly impacts the ability of families to keep their children at home.  Read the most current report.