Semi Independent Living Services (SILS)


Services include training and assistance in independent living skills for adults with developmental disabilities or related conditions. The goal of SILS is to support people in ways that will enable them to achieve personally desired outcomes and lead self-directed lives in the community. Services provided may include training and assistance in:
  • First aid and obtaining assistance in an emergency
  • Learning and exercising rights and responsibilities of community living
  • Meal planning and preparation
  • Obtaining and maintaining a home
  • Personal appearance and hygiene
  • Self-administration of medication
  • Shopping
  • Social, recreation and transportation skills, including appropriate social behavior
  • Using the phone and other utilities
  • Managing money
  • Engaging in activities that make it possible for adults with developmental disabilities or related conditions to live in the community
  • SILS services are funded by counties and the Minnesota Department of Human Services Disability Services Division.


At Home Services

  • Grocery shopping assistance 
  • Help with preparing meals 
  • Household organization, paperwork sorting, etc. 
  • Housekeeping 
  • Money management 
  • Personal shopping assistance 

Licenses and Certifications

  • Residential Services (Rule 245B) for Persons with Developmental Disabilities 


  • Developmental disabilities 


  • Alternative Care Waiver (AC)
  • Elderly Waiver (EW)


To be eligible to receive SILS, the adult (18 or older) must:

  • Be determined to have a developmental disability or related condition(s) as defined by the state of Minnesota
  • Be unable to function independently without SILS
  • Not be at risk of placement in an Intermediate Care Facility for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (ICF/DD)
  • Not be residing in an institution, ICF/DD, or nursing facility
  • Not be using home and community based waiver services