Annual Report – Services
THE F.F. MUELLER RESIDENTIAL CENTER
Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID) provides around the clock nursing care, supervision, active treatment and programming in two living units. The overall goal of the Center is to help each individual reach his/her highest potential in becoming an integral member of the community. The needs of individuals are regularly assessed and addressed in the Individual Plan (IP). Utilizing Person Centered Planning, the IP focuses on each individual’s strengths and desires, which forms the foundation to support them in becoming as independent as possible.
Individuals’ progress is regularly monitored and revised as needed. The Residential Center provides multi-disciplinary services including but not limited to occupational therapy, psychological and psychiatric consultation, medical monitoring, pharmacological/lab support and dietary support. Resources are utilized to help integrate individuals into the community as much as possible.
ADULT SERVICES AT THE TOWN AND COUNTRY CENTER
Facility-based Active Treatment Services gives individuals living at the Mueller Center as well as those living in Nursing Homes across Clark County the opportunity to participate in reality orientation, sensory stimulation, social skills, the arts and horticultural based activities, through individually tailored programs.
Community-based habilitation assists individuals in exploring and participating in the community in which they live. Participants are encouraged to explore choices to discover a place where they can better connect with the community. Individuals have the opportunity to participate in after-hours and weekend activities with their family or care providers through community inclusion. This includes Wednesday night mixers such as bingo, dances and other entertainment. Trips and special holiday parties are open to all Clark County eligible individuals.
Transportation services are provided for F.F. Mueller Residential Center, adult day habilitation services, employment opportunities at The Abilities Center (TAC), in the community, utilizing the county board’s fleet, and in coordination with other transportation providers in the community.
COMMUNITY LIVING SERVICES
Community Living Services completes all intake and eligibility determinations as well as, all Pre-Admission Assessment for Specialized Service Referrals (PASSR) assessments. This assessment is required for admittance to a nursing home. Residents of ICF’s are not assigned a Path Coordinator.
Service Support Administrator (ages 6-up)
SSA provides “service and support” administration and acts as a single point of contact. Each individual is assigned a path coordinator who oversees the development and implementation of services. The path coordinator develops/distributes the plan, makes referrals, links the individual to the community, monitors the service delivery, and is the single point of contact for the individual and their family for accessing developmental disabilities services.
Community Residential Support
Community Living Services coordinates supported living, Home and Community Based waiver services, and Family Needs Assistance funds. Service providers are selected by the individual and monitored by CLS to assure implementation, adherence to the plan, and the overall health and safety of the individual’s.
Community Living Services collaborates with local agencies in supporting adults and children with disabilities and their families. Examples include working extensively with Family and Children First Council and associated agencies like Clark County Jobs and Family Services, Mental Health Services, local school districts, juvenile courts, local law enforcement, and those such as nursing homes and intermediate care facilities (ICF). We also work with the City of Springfield, Springfield Metropolitan Housing Authority, Housing Connection, local community charities like the Salvation Army, Catholic Social Services, Rotary Club, and many others.
Stakeholder/Supported Living Council
The Stakeholder/Supported Living Council is composed of individuals receiving supports and their family members, representatives from agencies providing supports, and county residents who have an interest in developmental disabilities services. It reviews selected policies and procedures, the annual action plan, quality assurance activities and MUI/UI trends and patterns. The council provides feedback and offers suggestions on outreach efforts provided by Developmental Disabilities of Clark County.
EARLY CHILDHOOD DIVISION (ages 0-5)
Staff in this division evaluates children with developmental delays to determine individual needs and eligibility for services. A developmental specialist (DS) and Service Coordinator (SC) works in partnership with families. The DS provides coaching to the family to assist them in providing evidence based services to the child and provides support to the families regarding their need for community resources. Each family participates in and contributes to the development of their Individual Family Service Plan.
As much as possible, the team provides services in the child’s natural environment, which is typically in the home. The team may provide supports to day care providers, other family members or others whom the family identifies. Additionally, the DS and family explore options of transitioning to other community services such as their local school district, preschool and day care options, as well as, further eligibility for developmental disabilities services after the child’s third birthday. Early Intervention services are offered on a 12-month calendar. The services offered may include evaluation, transition planning, and Evidence Based Services. Therapies such as speech, occupational and physical may be accessed through local vendors. We may also provide financial support for therapy based upon funding.
For ages 3 through 5 – SSAs are assigned to little ones showing a delay in two areas of development. The SSAs work with the family to ensure service needs are met for the children through preschool and on to Kindergarten. The SSAs are here to offer resource information to the family and support when the family needs it.
FAMILY NEEDS ASSISTANCE FUND (FNA)
This fund assists families in obtaining good and services necessary to ensure the best possible care for a loved one who has a developmental disability that is living at home with family. Fund allocations are based on a family’s taxable income. Goods and Services may include, but are not limited to: adaptive equipment, home modifications, respite care, special diets, therapy, developmental toys, and camps.
HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE
The Human Rights Committee is a county-wide committee that reviews and approves or denies behavior support strategies written for individuals receiving services when those strategies include restrictive measures. Restrictive measures include procedures that individuals may consider invasive, that may infringe on or curtail individual’s rights, or that may involve restraint. This review process is in place to protect the individual, comply with state rules and assess appropriateness of the proposed strategies.
The Investigative Division is responsible for protecting the rights of individuals. The Investigative Agents (IA’s) are responsible for immediate action, investigation and prevention planning for each of the nineteen types of Major Unusual Incidents (MUI’s). All MUI’s require that immediate action is taken to protect individuals from further harm; that an investigation is conducted to determine the cause of the incident and contributing factors; and a prevention plan is put in place to reduce the likelihood of future occurrences. The IA’s review Unusual Incidents and follow trends and patterns to ensure preventive steps are implemented in order to prevent future reoccurrence. The IA’s conduct trainings for county board employees, providers and family members on the MUI Rule requirements.
Community Support Division
The Community Support Division directs public outreach and education, social media and website content, coordinates volunteers and special events, develops relationships with providers to encourage best practices, and answers public record requests. This division also manages provider compliance and medication administration reviews on providers of care for people with DD in order to monitor their health and safety and help caregivers provide quality services.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND CONNECTION
Pre-vocational services are designed to provide paid or unpaid volunteer experiences and other needed habilitation services to individuals whose ultimate goal is community employment. The pre-vocational program emphasis may include paid employment in the Shred mill, and training in social skills and developing daily routines to enhance attention to task and individual growth. Staff also works as partners with private agencies to provide paid employment with in the community. Opportunities for both paid and unpaid work help participants to develop job skills and work maturity, which lead to greater inclusion in the community.