Who We Are
The Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) is an independent planning body working with the Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services to increase the impact of Independent Living (IL) services in Virginia. The SILC is composed of gubernatorial appointees who represent people with significant disabilities across the state, the interests of CILs, and Independent Living programs and services.
What We Do
We are responsible for the development and implementation of the Statewide Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). The SPIL, which is required by Section 704 of the federal Rehabilitation Act, is updated on a triennial basis and delineates specific objectives and timelines for ensuring that the Commonwealth is providing the appropriate planning, financial support and coordination, and other assistance to appropriately address the needs of citizen with disabilities for independent living services.
The Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council will promote policies, programs and activities to maximize independence of people with disabilities by:
Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council: The Commonwealth's catalyst for inclusion of people with disabilities.
The purpose of the Statewide Independent Living Council is to develop a three year State Plan for Independent Living, facilitate the goals and activities within the Plan and distribute Rehabilitation Act Title VII, Part B funds allocated by Congress. The funds are distributed to Virginia through a Federal Formula Grant. The State Plan is revised every three years, but is continually monitored by the SILC. Public input into the planning efforts is welcomed at any time by contacting the SILC Administrator.
Virginia's Money Follows the Person Demonstration Project
Virginia is one of 45 states participating in the $4 billion Money Follows the Person ("MFP") Demonstration project funded through 2020 (see Medicaid.gov for more information). This program is designed to create a system of long-term supports that assist individuals to transition from certain long-term institutions into the community. This project supports Virginia's Olmstead initiative and complements the efforts of the 5-year Systems Transformation Grant that aims to improve the infrastructure for community long-term supports. Virginia's MFP project, administered by the Department of Medical Assistance Services, is currently making over $31 million in federal Medicaid funds available to support Virginia's older adults and individuals with disabilities.
For more details and the most current information on the MFP project, please visit http://www.dmas.virginia.gov/Content_pgs/ltc-mfp.aspx.
One of the functions of the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth is to assist the Governor in his appointments of over 4,000 individuals to serve on Virginia's boards and commissions. That Office is deeply committed to the principle of including all segments of the Commonwealth's population into government, because this is what makes the theory of self-government a reality.
Individual member responsibilities include:
If you wish to serve on the Statewide Independent Living Council, or recommend qualified candidates to serve, please visit http://www.commonwealth.virginia.gov/.
For a list of current vacancies or if you have any questions, please contact Lauren Snyder Roche, SILC Administrator.
Facts About Centers for Independent Living (CILs) In Virginia
What is a Center for Independent Living?
Centers for Independent Living, often referred to as "CILs" are non-residential places of action and coalition, where persons with disabilities learn empowerment and develop the skills necessary to make lifestyle choices. Centers provide services and advocacy to promote the leadership, independence, and productivity of people with disabilities. Centers work with both individuals as well as with the local communities to remove barriers to independence and ensuring equality of persons with disabilities.
Who do Centers serve?
Centers provide services to individuals with significant disabilities as well as to the local community at large. Core services to individuals, provided by all Centers include Information and Referral, Peer Counseling, Independent Living Skills Training, and Individual and Systems Change Advocacy. Services to the community include disability awareness, technical assistance regarding accessibility and legal issues, as well as general disability related information. In Fiscal Year 2008 the Centers provided comprehensive services to over 9,400 consumers and provided local communities with over 100,000 hours of Systems Advocacy and Community Education.
Where are Centers in Virginia?
The sixteen Centers for Independent Living are located in Norfolk, Hampton, the Eastern Shore, Richmond, Fredericksburg, Arlington, Manassas, Charlottesville, Winchester, Rocky Mount, Roanoke, Lynchburg, Abingdon, Grundy, Harrisonburg and Norton. There are four satellite Centers for Independent Living, in Petersburg, Christiansburg, Ashburn, and Gloucester.
How are Centers for Independent Living funded?
Centers are non-profit organizations, which are funded by state, federal, local and private dollars. Part C of Title VII of the Federal Rehabilitation Act provides general operations money for CILs in Virginia in the amount of over $1.5 million dollars. Additional funds under Title VII, Part B of the Act are granted to Centers under the State Plan for Independent Living. The Plan, which is jointly developed and signed by the Statewide Independent Living Council, the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services and Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired, provides Part B funds to Centers for systems change activities in the amount of over $475,000. General fund dollars for Center operations and Youth Transition Services currently exceed $5 million dollars. A portion of the State General Fund dollars were used to expand Centers for Independent Living during the last five years. Six new consumer based Centers were established during this time period. Centers also solicit local and private funding to meet service needs which have been identified at the local level.
How are Centers created?
Centers for Independent Living are created through the efforts of local people with disabilities, their family members, friends, and other interested persons. As people become organized, they begin to assess the local needs, level of local interest and support for a Center. Successful establishment of a Center for Independent Living often depends on networking, personal involvement, coalition building, and a commitment to the empowerment of persons with disabilities.
For additional information, contact Rhonda Jeter, Director of Independent Living, at the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (804)325-1360 (Voice and VP) or (800) 464-9950 (TTY) or email: Rhonda.Jeter@dars.virginia.gov
Meetings and Minutes
SILC Meeting Schedule
Find the list of scheduled meetings and minutes.
In 1992, Section 705 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act authorized the creation of the Statewide Independent Living Council. The act required each state to establish a SILC within one year of the date of enactment. Virginia's response to this federal law was enacted in 1994, as Part A of the legislation and resulted in the development of the first Virginia SILC. In 2006, Parts B and C were added to the state code further defining the SILC fiscal responsibilities under Virginia law.
Following the composition and term requirements outlined in the federal mandate, the gubernatorial appointees for the first SILC were assigned staggered terms beginning with the federal fiscal year October 1993 - September 1994. The composition requirements outlined in the initial act continues to direct the membership roster of the Virginia SILC. The mandate states that the membership shall remain at or above 51% of people who represent a broad range of significant disabilities and are knowledgeable about CILs and IL services.
Since 1995, the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) has been written by the SILC. As mandated in section 704 of the Rehabilitation Act, the SPIL is written in three year increments and delineates specific objectives and timelines for ensuring that the Commonwealth is providing the appropriate planning, financial support, coordination and other assistance to adequately address the IL service needs of the citizens with disabilities.
One of the priorities of the SILC has been program support and advocacy in the development of Centers for Independent Living (CILs) throughout the Commonwealth. Through the SPIL, programmatic funds have been made available to assist the current sixteen (16) CILs and the four (4) satellites to address IL advocacy needs. These community based CILs have afforded localities the opportunity to address the specific IL needs of an area and to develop an active advocacy coalition at the local and state level.
The SILC, the states' designated state units, which in Virginia are the Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) and the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI), the CILs and all parties affected by the IL philosophy, work together to formulate the focus for each SPIL. The following is an overview of Virginia's SPIL from its inception in 1995.
Additional accomplishments for the SILC during this period but not specifically required by the SPIL include:
Additional accomplishments during this period not specifically listed in the SPIL include:
Additional accomplishments during this period not specifically listed in the SPIL include:
The following list of agencies and organizations has been compiled by the Virginia SILC in an effort to help consumers easily locate resources that may be of assistance in their daily lives, and in achieving and maintaining Independent Living. By clicking on the links you are leaving the Viriginia SILC website. Virginia SILC is not responsible for the content and privacy policies related to the site. All external links will open in a new tab or window.