Chrysalis Advantage Point offers an innovative alternative to traditional workshop day-habilitation for consumers in Crawford, Wyandot, Marion, and Seneca counties. CAP focuses on providing meaningful, community-based volunteer experiences; intensive targeted in-house soft-skill work training; and vocational development through 1-hour daily on-site and community-based paid work experiences (at minimum wage.) CAP has developed partnerships with many local non-profit organizations for volunteer experiences. At sites such as Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, Food Fairies, the Bucyrus Public Library, local soup kitchens, and local churches, consumers are provided valuable work experiences in janitorial, food service, stocking, and customer service, while also providing a valued community service. During the term of their grant, CAP has targeted to serve 75 consumers, and place a minimum 25 of those in a customized employment situation.
The Assurance Network, is a division of Ability Works dedicated to providing high-quality on-demand services for transportation using current independent providers, residential providers, agency providers, and the development of new certified direct care workers.
Our Vision: People with Disabilities and Credentialed Providers will connect to meet on-demand service needs through a communication center for improved access to the community.
The opportunity offered by The Assurance Network is to provide greater community engagement by more individuals thus supporting positive connections to service providers, building relationships and community cohesion. The challenge is to increase access to transportation, grow the number of respite providers, and improve access for community engagement opportunities.
CRSI has been providing Medicaid funded services to individuals with developmental disabilities since 1976, currently serving more than 700 individuals with residential services in 25 western Ohio counties and 90 individuals with adult day services in three counties. Our Champaign County ADS program, serving 38 individuals, is the targeted scope for this pilot project. The project consists of two phases – a strategic planning phase, completed 4Q2016, and an implementation phase, ongoing. Our action plan addresses the six deliverables outlined in agreement with DODD:
A draft road map document has also been submitted quarterly with the final version submitted one month prior to the end of the grant agreement.
Easter Seals Integrated Community Supports Start Up Pilot helps accelerate the transition from facility-based to integrated community-based services and community employment. Easter Seals has developed a neighborhood hub program, which focuses on working with individuals in the community in social, recreational, and work readiness/volunteer activities. The purpose of the program is to assist individuals who have spent most of their lives working in a sheltered setting, to be exposed to the community and gain independence and learn through real life experiences. This approach enhances other agency efforts underway to decrease the number of employment workshops we operate from three to two, help individuals move into community employment, and expand the number of existing Work & Grow (a partnership program with area YMCA facilities) sites to transform day programming from facility-based to community-based services. Easter Seals worked with a consultant to prioritize and refine its strategies based on known best practices toward the goal of becoming a community based organization. These strategies will be incorporated into the agency’s strategic planning process and timeline.
The Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities adult services department currently serves approximately 1100 individuals in facility-based adult day services. These individuals are supported by over 180 direct service staff. The Integrated Community Supports Start-up grant provides funding to assist FCBDD adult services in the transition from facility to community-based services and supports which must take place over the next several years. It has funded a process of present to future state mapping and a strategic plan. This will lay the foundation for the development of a “roadmap” of transition action steps and timelines for the department’s transition to integrated and community-based services and supports. The grant will also help fund the development of a demonstration project to serve as a model for individualized community-based day services and supports for 75 individuals in traditional facility-based day services and 16 individuals in a community-based "hub" pilot. This demonstration project includes the development of a curriculum to be used for training facility-based adult services staff in community-based service and support skills.
The pilot for the ICF grant officially started in May, 2016 and will run through the June 30, 2017. The scope of the pilot is to work with all 23 residents in our ICF facility. The purpose of the pilot is to lay a roadmap for all 23 residents to become active participants in their communities whether that be through competitive employment or social activities. On a high level over view, this will be accomplished by having all 23 residents go through the Discovery process and then develop individualized goals and strategies (a roadmap) for each resident to achieve community integration. The Career Consultant will be focus on 6 of the individuals that are on the road to employment from facility based services to competitive employment (supported / customized / self). She will also be training ICF staff in the Discovery process to assist in expanding the community / social activities of the remaining residents as well as introducing work options.
Horizons of Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties, Inc. is the recipient of the ICF Pilot grant. The goal of the grant is to expose and engage individuals living in the ICF/IID to community based and integrated options. We also hope to demonstrate what factors contribute to successfully providing community based services from an agency perspective. Since starting the grant, there has been an increase in regular volunteer opportunities, community-based discovery assessments, and other community life engagement activities. Additionally, staff are training in the areas of person centered planning, the discovery process, community integration and community employment. Individuals participating in the pilot program have enjoyed exposure to new possibilities in their community and will continue expanding on what their community offers and what they can offer their community. In the future, we hope to deliver services in the community and assist individuals we serve to explore their own personal desires, strengths, and abilities.
The focus of the ICF/IID Employment First Grant received by SHC/The Arc of Medina County is to increase the employment and community engagement opportunities for individuals residing in the agency’s ICF/IID group homes. The pilot group is composed of 11 individuals at all points of the path to employment with ICF IAF scores ranging from 2 to 6. At the same time the grant was received we moved one day program to a light industrial site and are moving from facility based to a hub model. Not only have the individuals in the pilot benefitted from the grant, our staff has received valuable trainings and expanded skills. The individuals have experienced increased time in the community. They’ve increased their volunteer engagement and opportunities in the discovery process. We are also providing ongoing communication with individuals, families and community stakeholders.
For its first 20 years as an organization, Starfire ran programming focused on social engagement for people with developmental disabilities. We established an outing program for groups of people with DD to attend social activities together, and two facility-based day programs. People with DD engaged in “life skills" activities at these day programs such as cooking, exercise, and day trips. At our peak, Starfire served up to 600 people with DD with and ran 100 outings per month. In 2009, the teachings of Dr. Wolf Wolfensburger and Dr. John O’Brien led Starfire to an important realization: these programs were not leading to sustainable, lifelong relationships or a true sense of community belonging. Instead, families had become dependent upon Starfire for most of their loved one’s social life and people with DD were still in large part socially isolated.
Consequently, in 2010 we formed a new Strategic Plan with our stakeholders and our person-centered values guiding us. This plan led us down the path of transforming our organization away from congregated, segregated services that grouped people with DD together for supports, to fully integrated, one-on-one supports that focus on each person’s gifts and distinct contributions. Today, our mission has evolved from supporting groups of people with DD through entertainment and social activities, to building a sense of belonging and purpose through relationships and valued social roles in the community, one person at a time.
Starfire's one-on-one support program for people with DD aims to "spring" people with DD into community life so they are known by others for their gifts, not their disability. By connecting people with DD to relationships in the community, we see that their long-term quality of life and well-being improves. We also see people with DD receiving more jobs and valued role opportunities through relationships they make in the community.
Starfire’s program has these key aspects:
Person-centered Planning – to assist someone with disabilities to plan their life by focusing on their strengths.
Normalization (W. Wolfensberger) - people with developmental disabilities must be seen as valued, respected citizens first in order to connect with the community.
Asset-Based Community Development (J. McKnight) - leveraging free resources, local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community
"Five Valued Experiences" (J. O’Brien) - A service model that states all citizens have better lives when they have opportunities to share places, make choices, experience respect, grow in relationships, and make contributions.
On September 16, 2016, Starfire completed this 7-year transition out of segregated programming and into an organization that provides direct supports in the community - working with one person at a time. Our transition out of our facility-based, segregated services came after years of communicating with people we serve and their families about the importance of integrating people with DD into community life. Our family partnerships built through this communication are an integral piece of this transition, as many of the people we serve rely on their families as adults (87% of live at home with a family member). Starfire is now building to serve 100 people with DD in this new way, with current program membership at 73. Rather than aiming to reach hundreds of people and providing group supports, we believe that we can serve each person in a deeper way through a smaller, more localized approach.
Starfire’s performance measures include (a) increasing the number of community relationships (people without disabilities who are not family or paid staff) in persons with DD's social network; (b) supporting people with DD in attaining a regular valued social role in their community; and (c) actively engaging families in the building a stronger social network for their family member with DD. Outcomes to date include:
Starfire's conviction is that all people - no matter their challenges - can and should have a place in the community where they belong. Starfire’s staff take a person-centered approach to their support work to build a unique social network of people and places for each individual person. Staff attend monthly trainings on topics that increase their community building skills and empathy as well as annual workshops on Social Role Valorization and design thinking.
We are confidently heading toward a future for people with IDD that is tailored to fit their interests, skills, and passions, and leads toward a meaningful life filled with community relationships. We know that the longer these community relationships last, the more people with DD will be tied to their community, and with that deepened connection, the person's belonging will sustain far beyond Starfire's support.
Sunshine Communities received grant funds to develop two projects. Project A, development of community sites, will reduce by 20% ICF individuals attending day activity sites on campus. These sites focus on community integration through a number of avenues, use of person centered plans to direct activity planning and participation, and increase engagement with community partners. Project B, development of our Life Coaching Center, creates a “real life" home for individualized instruction in adult daily living skills, workplace and social skills, use of the community, and health and wellness.
As of November, 2016, five community sites are open; four are activity based and one is employment based. Future plans include additional community sites, resulting in fewer individuals participating in on campus sites. We believe these creative day services options are means for the individuals we serve to not just be in the community, but be part of it.