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People With Complex Needs

Individuals who are struggling with an array of significant, interconnecting issues requiring a wide range of types of support due to the depth and breadth of their needs. Specific eligibility criteria vary widely according to the focus and priorities of individual programs, but typically involve requiring an individualized, holistic response and multiple high-need services from a variety of types of providers. The problems dealt with may span social, economic, education, legal, medical and mental health issues.

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People With Disabilities

Individuals who have physical, sensory, developmental, cognitive, mental or emotional limitations, illnesses or injuries that affect their ability to engage in one or more major life activities. Disabilities and health conditions may be temporary or permanent, may be present at birth or occur at any point in a person's lifetime, and can be of different levels of severity.

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