Supported Community Living

Our mission
On With Life's Supported Community Living (SCL) Program was created in 1998 to provide specialized support to allow persons who have experienced a brain injury or other neurological impairment to maintain and improve their independence.

How we help
Our goal is to develop skills required for self advocacy and meaningful community relationships. Our community living specialists collaborate with the person served, his or her family, support system and case managers to develop a coordinated plan focused on maximizing personal skills. Ongoing meetings are held to chart progress and plan strategies to minimize barriers. 


Skill development services are provided to promote independence and ongoing community integration. 

Services are provided to individuals in their homes and community where they reside. We currently provide services in Polk, Warren, Jasper, Story, Dallas, Marion and other counties in Central Iowa.

  • Compensatory Strategy Development
  • Budgeting/Financial Management
  • Cooking Skills/Meal Planning
  • Appointment Setting
  • Personal Advocacy
  • Recreational And Social Skills Therapy
  • Community Based Functional Skills Training
  • Advocacy for Medical Care
  • Daily Planning/Memory Aids

Qualification/Admission Criteria

The persons we serve in our Supported Community Living Program need to meet the following qualifications to be eligible for our program.

  • Has experienced a brain injury or other neurological disability

  • Is at least 18 years of age

  • Is medically stable and able to live independently in the community, with or without assistance.

  • Is able to administer medications or has made appropriate arrangements to assist in administering medications

  • Does not demonstrate severe behavioral or personality disorder that poses a threat to self or others, or which requires intensive psychiatric intervention

  • May be experiencing ongoing health and/or chemical dependency issues, which impact the ability of the person served to live safely in the community and participate appropriately in the program

  • Meets criteria for eligibility for Home and Community Based (HCBS) Brain Injury Waiver Services or has an alternative means of payment for services

Additional Considerations

  • Adults not capable of informed decision making must have either a legally appointed decision maker or a representative with durable power of attorney for health care designation.

  • Persons with communicable disease will be considered on a case-by-case basis with consultation by the Iowa State Department of Health.

Funding Sources

SCL Accreditation
Our Accreditations include:
The Bureau of Long Term Care of the Department of Human Services as a "Home and Community Based Waiver Provider."

CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) Accredited as a "Home and Community Based Rehabilitation Program - Brain Injury."
SCL Outcomes
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