How many services does RFI offer?

Who is eligible to receive services?

How much does it cost?

Reach for Independence (Reach) offers various services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or autism. These services include Day Supports, Community Networking, Community Living and Supports, Respite, Supported Employment, and Residential (AFL). Click on Programs to see more information for each service.

Adults who are 18 or older and have a diagnosis of an intellectual disability are eligible for Day Support Services. Reach is primarily funded through the NC Innovations Waiver. Anyone who is on the waiver may be eligible for services depending on certain criteria. Contact us at (828)654-0901 to find out further information.

Reach has three funding sources: NC Innovations Waiver, State Funding, and Private Pay. Reach is set up to directly communicate with Medicaid and State funding sources, taking the responsibility off the individuals served. Each individual with NC Innovations or State Funding will have an authorized amount of services each week in which caregivers will not need to worry about any financial burdens. Private Pay is an option for individuals who are not currently on the NC Innovations Waiver and/or eligible for state funds. These rates vary and are negotiated prior to admission. 

What is Innovations?

Is there a waiting list?

Can I receive more than one service?

The North Carolina Innovations Waiver is a means of funding services and supports for people with intellectual and other related developmental disabilities that are at risk for institutional care in an Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF-IID). If you or your supported individual are not on the NC Innovations Waiver, contact Vaya Health to see eligibility requirements and get added to the waitlist. Vaya Health: (828)225-2785

Check out this link for more information regarding Innovations:

Eligibility: To be eligible for N.C. Innovations, an individual must provide documentation of an intellectual or developmental disability that impairs functioning (other than mental illness). Individuals must also be at risk of placement in a developmental center. (source:

There is currently a waiting list for all services except for Residential services. Contact us to find out further information regarding the waitlist.

If you are on the Innovations Waiver, you may receive as many services as you are eligible for. These services depend on what is determined in your annual Individual Support Plan.  

What are the requirements to work for Reach?

My son/daughter is in high school, can they attend the Day Program during the Summer?

Does the Day Program provide transportation?

Does the Day Program provide meals?

Each employee must have a high school diploma or GED and go through all of the required training provided by Reach. Experience is not required. We are always accepting applications.

Yes, if the individual is on the Innovations Waiver, they may be eligible for Day Supports during the Summer.

Transportation is available at the Day Program, however, there is currently a waiting list.

The Day Program does not provide meals currently. Everyone is required to bring a packed lunch.