Community Living of Rhode Island, Inc., provides 24-hour Residential Support Services to individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (Developmentally and Mental Health). This program is designed to afford enormous opportunities for Service Recipients or Participants to live successfully in their communities with Dignity, Respect, Safety and full participation. Here at Community Living, we design some environmental and programmatic safeguards that protect the Participants, our neighbors and community members to the extent possible; from behaviors that pose a risk to people or property and/or interfere with the rights of others. Our structured homely environment affords the Participants the opportunity to make positive choices, resolve or manage behaviors that require intensive intervention and supervision.

CLRI Residential Programs provides shared support services to three or four adult individuals living together in the comfort of their homes respectively; in accordance with Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) regulations. In all our Residential Programs, support services are tailored to individuals’ needs, with adequate Care, Skills Training and Supervision in a less restrictive setting. Our Support Services include assistance with improvement in skills related to Activities of Daily Living ADL; Behavior modification plans, Management of Aggressive Behaviors, Employment search and Job retention, Education and learning skill, Social and Sexuality skills training.

Generally, support services in all CLRI Residential programs are Person-Centered which foster and maintain independence by creating an environment that provides as many opportunities as possible for an individualized experience of a wide range of natural community settings in our local communities.


This support is designed to include assessment of individual needs and implementation such as: Assistance in Adaptive daily skills, Job development and interview building skills, Seeking admission to schools and providing supports while at classroom taking lectures. CLRI help the Participants in maintaining and securing decent homes or apartments. We support individuals in keeping up with their activities of daily living such as: house chores, medical runs and grocery shopping, self-grooming, food preparation and exercises while seeking new opportunities in their lives. We facilitate circles of support to encourage the development of employment goals for individuals; as they continue to have fun in pursuing their dreams.

  • House Chores
  • Medical Runs
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Self-Grooming
  • Food Preparation
  • Exercises


Another segment of Support Services available at Community Living of Rhode Island is the Shared Living Arrangement SLA. Community Living of Rhode Island was Certified by Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals (BHDDH) as an Authorized Placement Agency to help provide another type of Residential Support Options for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities, who will reside with and receive customized supports from someone who has contracted with the Authorized Placement Agency (CLRI) to be a Home Provider for that Individual.

This type of Supports services in the Developmental and Mental Health Disabilities system are designed to provide a safe environment that allows individuals with intellectual Disabilities to meet their fullest potential and to be included in the everyday fabric of our society. Shared Living Arrangements can have a significant positive impact on outcomes and the quality of life for individuals with diverse disabilities. While the benefit to the individual is the driving force behind this option, there are other notable benefits as well. All individuals with disabilities benefit from the increased community awareness of the value, potential and many contributions people with disabilities can make to their communities.

Community Living as the Authorized Placement Agency for Shared Living will administer the program and recruit individuals as Shared Living Providers. The role of the Shared Living Provider however, is not the same as the traditional foster care role of providing basic care in a family atmosphere. A Shared Living Provider’s role entails that of an advocate, friend, mentor and support provider, who will not only share their home with a person with a Intellectual disability, but will assist the individual with connecting to the community, teaching new skills, developing friendships and making life choices that will lead to a satisfying, safe and productive lifestyle for the individual.
Shared Living is highly personalized and offers individuals a greater opportunity to choose the person(s) with whom they will live and have greater control of how they will live day-to-day.


Our Day Program Services are designed to provide individuals with Intellectual Disabilities with the ability and opportunity to improve on individuals’ Productivity through gainful Employment opportunities, Community integration/Inclusion and Independence. This is built upon functional daily life skills of individuals to ensure that they are receiving services and the skills necessary to be as self-reliant as individually possible. Community Living of Rhode Island, Inc., operates 100% Community-Based Day program services, and our Customized Employment-Based Support is tailored to individuals needs and ability. These programs are designed to help Service recipients or Participants improve their independence and participate in relationships and community life with greater focus on becoming gainfully employed and earning competitive “Living wages.”


Community Living of RI, places high priority on vocational learning because it helps individuals understand the types of careers that are available, and which ones they may want to pursue later in life. These activities help most of our Participants think about which vocations may be suitable for them and how they can enter into their chosen vocations.

  • Knitting and Sewing Classes: This segment of our Day program has been providing some of our Participants a better way to spend their day and late afternoons in participating in some trade and commerce that will eventually bring in some money into their pockets. Together with the program Coordinator, the program Manager and their team of staff, our folks have combined their individual and group skills in producing so many knitted wears and comforters for sell at bazaars and other public places. The opportunity to work alongside each other enabled our Participants to gain incredible valuable knowledge of the crafts, by utilizing their God given talents.
  • Community Activities: We utilize Community Resources such as the libraries for learning purposes, museum of science for visual and cognitive learning, manufacturing companies to witness productions, parks and historic sites, and amusement sites for visual effects.
    Our Day program activities start from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, and our staffing ratio depends on the population make up and the Tiered system.


In compliance with the US Department of Labor, Office of Disability of Employment Policy (ODEP), Community Living of Rhode Island has fully embarked in systems change efforts that helped improve on its 100 % community – based Integrated Employment opportunities for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities – (Developmentally and Mental Health). Our efforts and direction in this instance was borne out of the growing support for on-going National movement called Employment First, “a frame work for system change that is centered on the premise that all citizens, including individuals with significant disabilities, are capable of full participation in Integrated Employment and Community life.” ODEP. Integrated Employment as defined by ODEP are work paid directly by employers at the greater of minimum or prevailing wages with commensurate benefits, occurring in a typical work setting where the employee with a disability interacts or has the opportunity to interact continuously with co-workers without disabilities, as an opportunity for advancement and job mobility, and is preferably engaged full-time. Community Living of Rhode Island utilizes the four components of Customized Employment, Discovery, Job Search Planning, Job Development/Negotiation and Post-Employment Support to obtain diverse gainful competitive employments with competitive wages for our Participants.

View Employment Brochure – CLRI-brochure.pdf