(Services for those 3 & Up)
Behavior Management Day Programs
These programs serve adults with severe behavior disorder and/or dual diagnosis who, because of their behavior problems, are not appropriate for any other community-based day program.
Residential Direct Support Professionals provide services to children and adults who are unable to reside in the family home. Temporary placements are utilized in unusual circumstances that may occur in emergencies or whenever appropriate placements are not available.
A Level II facility is similar to a homelike family setting where daily activities reflect the pattern of daily living for a non-disabled person of the same chronological age. Staff ratio is 1 to 6. These consumers generally have basic self-help skills and no significant behavior problems.
A Level III facility has a ratio of 1 to 3 and provides a more structured environment. This is geared toward individuals who are non-ambulatory, present severe behavior deficits or have little self-help ability, and require substantial supervision, support and training.
A Level IV facility has a ratio of 1 to 2 or 1 to 3. It meets the needs of consumers whose behavioral deficits and/or excesses prevent participation in activities of daily living and whose challenges are so significant that they are unable to be met in other residential facilities. Service Level 4 is subdivided into Levels 4A through 4I, in which staffing levels are increased to correspond to the escalating security of disability levels.
Adult Family Home Agencies (AFHA) are private nonprofit organizations vendored by the Regional Center to certify foster homes to care for no more than two (2) developmentally disabled adults. A nurse must review the case and complete a Nursing Clearance documenting that continuous nursing care is not required.
There are also Intermediate Care Facilities for the developmentally disabled and skilled nursing care on an extended basis. Most SCLARC consumers placed in residential facilities are eligible for SSI/SSA benefits, as well as Medi-Cal.
Adults with developmental disabilities, regardless of the degree of the disability, have the right to live in homes of their choice as long as they want and with whom they want, and to be provided with services that will ensure and enhance their success with integration into mainstream society. Supported Living Services (SLS) is a shift in thinking from valuing limited, measurable, instructional and behavioral goals to valuing the choices, needs and satisfaction of people with disabilities. Supported Living Services (SLS) consist of services to adults with developmental disabilities who, through the Individual Program Plan (IPP) process, choose to live in homes they themselves own or lease in the community.
Supported Living is NOT Independent Living. Although there are similarities and crossover services, the two programs are clearly different. One should not be confused with the other. Unlike Independent Living, Supported Living is NOT time limited.
Independent Living Training
Independent living services is a 6 month service available to persons 18 years of age and older who are not enrolled in school and have demonstrated potential for living on their own with minimal supervision. This functional skills training is available on a time-limited basis to those residing in their own homes and excludes residents of 24-hours community care facilities. Training is provided in all areas of home management (budgeting, housekeeping, cooking, etc.) and should not be confused with the activities of daily living (bathing, grooming, toileting, etc.).
Adult Day Program
Services are usually provided after age 22. Up to the age of 22, consumers have the right to attend public school.
The Adult Development Center (ADC) denotes community programs for adults who are in the process of acquiring self-help skills. They usually require sustained support and direction in developing the ability to interact with others, to make their needs known, and to respond to instructions. It focuses on the development and maintenance of the functional skills required for self-advocacy, community integration, employment and self-care. It is usually a five day per week program.
Consumers can participate in a sheltered, five days per week workshop and perform as if they were in a regular job for which they receive monetary compensation, depending on their production.
Supported employment programs provide support to adults who are interested in competitive employment. Supported employment programs are funded by the Department of Rehabilitation.