Transition and youth services continue to grow with outreach to schools. A Transition Committee was identified in late 2017 and began to meet. We reached out to most local school districts throughout the year as well.
We met with the Perry County Board of DD in late 2017 to learn about the ALA Leadership curriculum and process. We hope to make a proposal to offer this in at least one site in Muskingum County in 2018.
We participated in a Lean event to look at gaps in our behavior support process and forms. As we closed out the year, Service and Support Administration (SSA) staff have been trained on the process.
The Employment Navigation Team, Service Coordinators, and the FAN’s Network met with staff, students, and families of transitional youth at the Mid-East Career and Technology Center to provide education on County Board resources available for work, home, and recreation.
We are effectively using social media, newsletters, radio, television, newspaper, as well as other resources to share real stories of people getting connected to their community and the positive impact it has not only on that person but also the people and organizations they are connected with. All of our messages carry the same theme of the positive impacts that people with disabilities have on others when they are given the opportunity to be part of their community.
We are creating new and exciting ways to continue to strive towards being a Person Centered Organization and having a positive culture for everyone which includes the people we support, their families, providers, and our staff. We expect them to build intentional, meaningful relationships with people. This will help us focus on what is important to people and discover more opportunities for community connections. Training is provided to all new staff and annually for all staff members.
The County Board has created a new transitional curriculum for children to help us better plan for their future and ensure they have a plan for integration in their adulthood. All of our staff are going to go through the training on August 21st.
There are many Person Centered Coaches in the organization which are helping mentor others and encourage positive thinking that leads people to integration and other opportunities that before was unthinkable.
Service Coordinators are meeting in small groups to review Individual Support Plans (ISP’s), helping one another learn and ensure that plans are Person Centered, and support each other with advice & suggestions to help people live fulfilling lives.
The Employment Navigation and Community Connection Teams have expanded and are able to assist with supports such as transportation, attending meetings, providing information related to integration opportunities, and completing paperwork in a timely fashion to keep the process moving.
Individuals and families have more choices than ever before. The amount of providers is at its all- time high. With the help of the Service Coordinators and team members people can find integration opportunities.
A Provider Fair was held in May with over twenty providers displaying their services, most of which emphasized the importance of integration, for individuals and families members to see and meet with to review services.