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According to the Department of Public Welfare website, "the mental retardation system is evolving from a predominately facility-based system, comprised of large public and private residential facilities, to a flexible and dynamic system of community supports and services tailored to the needs of persons living in the community which include community residential and day support services which are either administered or operated by county MH/MR programs; contracted private residential intermediate care facilities for persons with mental retardation (ICF/MR) services.

"The Mental Health and Mental Retardation Act of 1966 provides the statutory basis for the development of community-based services for people with mental retardation. Community residential options include group homes, single apartments with a roommate, or a family living setting. In addition, people are provided supports in their home whether that be in their family home or their own home. Day services, such as supported employment, training, and recreation, are provided to people who live in residential settings and at home. A wide array of services and supports are also available to families caring for a child or adult sibling with mental retardation. Services include case management, mobility training, employment training and opportunities and adult day care. Some services are available for funding under the Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver Program."

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