The staff to individual ratio will be 1:1. The amount of service hours will be dictated by the individual needs. The Program Administrator will coordinate the daily activities, staff scheduling and supervise all staff. A Support specialist will assist the Administrator with providing services. The Program Administrator will document supervision of staff monthly using a supervision log. Employees will receive performance appraisal after the first 90 days of employment and on an annual basis afterwards.
Contractual employee having the same qualifications as other staff can provide direct care services. Volunteers will not provide direct care services without direct supervision. The duties will include assisting the individuals in learning new skills to help maintain their independent living status; learning coping techniques and behavior which will assist them in being more productive citizens.
Any direct care staff providing In Home Residential support must have completed the Mental Retardation Orientation Workbook and passed the associated test designated by the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services, administered by a supervisor or trainer approved by DMHMRSAS. Providers of In-Home Residential services must also be trained in the characteristics of mental retardation and appropriate intervention, training strategies and support methods for persons with mental retardation and functional limitations. Also, staff must be certified in CPR, First Aid, and an approved behavior management technique (TOVAR or CPI), human rights policies and procedures and pass the state approved Medication Assistance Training Program. All new employees are subject to a criminal background check and child protective services central registry search.
Staff will conduct activities in skills training and assistance that will include but are not limited to; training in functional skills related to personal care activities, use of community resources, adapting behavior for community and home; monitoring health and physical condition; assisting with transportation to and from training sites and community resources; managing personal business and belongings, community relations and health and safety concerns. The Program Administrator will provide support, resource development, fiscal responsibility, and quality assurance for the staff and program operations.
Individual Treatment/Service Plans are developed to encourage the highest possible level of independence in areas of self-help and daily living activities. Opportunities for physical and social integration into the community are provided, as individuals are encouraged to participate in a variety of options visiting and utilizing community services and activities.
Staff assistance and support may range from maximum to minimum based on the needs of the individual at any given time. The level of supervision required by the individual may fluctuate as circumstances in the individual’s life may change and is clearly noted in the Individual Service Plan. The Individual Service Plan will be reviewed quarterly with a meeting of the planning team at least every six months for the review process. The plan will be modified as needed to maintain the optimum level of support and supervision required at all times.