FAQs about the Specialized Group Home Program: Children in Community Care

Who is eligible for the CCC Program?

Child/Youth must be in the care and custody of the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS).

Child/Youth must be ages 10 to 18 for referral and program serves child/youth up to age 21 as long as they are still in custody of DCBS.

Child/Youth has a co-occurring diagnosis primarily Autism Spectrum Disorder and an Intellectual/Developmental Disability and other mental health diagnosis which moderately to severely impacts their ability to function independently.

Child/Youth has identified needs in the areas of communication (ie is non-verbal or limited verbal communication) and Activities of Daily Living such as toileting, bathing, dressing, and hygiene.

How do you make a referral to the CCC Program?

All referrals are made through the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) and the Children’s Review Program Placement Coordinators. Referrals for children in the care and custody of the state who are currently placed in psychiatric hospitals and other institutions may inquire about the program through the child’s local DCBS worker.

After the referral is accepted, what are the next steps?

Key Assets staff will work with DCBS, family, current providers and Managed Care Organization Case Manager to identify appropriate length of time needed for pre-placement transition, i.e., visitation, community outings, day visits and placement.

This transition can also be based on availability of a bed and therefore could take up to 90 days.

What is the typical length of the program?

Discharge planning takes places at placement and this is individualized based on the level of support and services needed to maintain each child/youth in the community safely. It is expected that each child/youth would be in the program at least 6 to 9 months but also could extend to longer placement if it is identified that this is the least restrictive setting for the child/youth.


For any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the CCC Program Director, Carrie Price @ Carrie.Price@keyassetskentucky.com or (859.226.5022).