Residential Model of Support

  1. Shift-Staffed Program
  2. Enhanced FamilyCare (EFC)
    a.   Shared living with a Professional Roommate within an Apartment
    b.   Shared living with a Family within a Home
  3. Combined/Whole-Life Services

Granite Bay Connections, (CONNECTIONS) employs an innovative model to deliver Home & Community Based Services in one or two person community residences. Beginning with a professional roommate, the trained EFC establishes a solid treatment foundation, supplying the necessary day-to-day mentoring and supervision critical to “active treatment”. The supported “individual” is encouraged to identify this “provider” as their “roommate”, creating a normalizing context for their relationship.

For individuals requiring more intense supports, the Agency can bolster this core roommate model with another layer of shift staffing. Utilizing “Direct Support Professionals” (DSP), this second tier of supports can assist the professional roommate in rendering services and providing crisis stabilization without diluting the “one voice”. Eventually, when the crisis passes, this additional layer of services can be peeled back, leaving the “roommate” core.

The professional roommate and their support team are supervised by an assigned Program Manager (PM) who oversees the clinical and operational functions of the home. The PM is available for immediate consultation, providing a twenty-four hour a day, seven days a week (24/7) resource to the individual and their wider support team.

Members of the CONNECTIONS Service Team are trained to meet standards established within the Direct Service Professional curriculum. All staff persons receive specific training as needed to provide high quality support. Staff training is individualized to focus treatment strategies on the individual served and not on abstract concepts. Community resources (e.g. YMCA) are used whenever possible to promote inclusion and to reduce reliance on resources historically associated with disabilities (e.g. sheltered workshops).

CONNECTIONS encourages active communication at all levels in the organization, in turn, reaching out to collateral supports outside the organization. Active communication ensures that “best practice” becomes more than just an ideal; but rather thevisible application of continuous quality improvement.

Vocational & Day Service Supports

  • Community-Based, Individualized Vocational and Day Service Support
  • Job Placement and Supportive Employment
  • Job Skill Development
  • Flexible Scheduling

CONNECTIONS’ mission is to help individuals with developmental disabilities find employment and vocational success within their community. Supports are tailored toeach individual to ensure consistency, and thereby maximize opportunity for continued success. The goal is to assist each individual to become more self-supporting and independent. Likewise, CONNECTIONS provides traditional day services in a non-traditional way and every attempt is made to accommodate the specific needs of each person. Day Service options range from fifteen (15) to thirty (30) hours per week depending on the person’s needs. Schedules can be modified to accommodate an individual’s job schedule or family/guardian requirements.

Community & Family Support Services

  • Community-based and In-home Support
  • Medical Appointment Scheduling and Transportation
  • Personal Hygiene, Housekeeping and Daily Living Skills
  • Specialized Services by the Hour, Day or Month
  • Flexible Scheduling

CONNECTIONS offers innovative Community Programming and Family Supports specific to the unique circumstances of each person. These supports are designed to promote choice and empowerment. Services are developed and tailored to meet the need of the individual to live independently within their community or with their family. Staff supports assist the individual to develop and practice self-advocacy and independent living skills targeted to advance personal growth, emotional well-being, and genuine autonomy. Support hours are flexible and are available at times best-suited for the individual, to accommodate their expressed needs.

521 & 525 Support Services: Transitioning to the Future

  • Transition Planning
  • Mapping Program Development
  • Short Term Stabilization and Goal- Orientated Programming
  • Budget Planning and Oversight
  • Flexible Day & Residential Scheduling

CONNECTIONS understands the need for the development of effective transitional or 521/525 services to support the ongoing needs of individuals and their families. Programs may be initially developed using a more traditional staff model with a planned goal of transition to more cost effective models of service (521/525) promoting more service option choice and control for the supported individual/family.

Respite Services & Placement

CONNECTIONS provides respite services to assist individuals in transition from one living arrangementto another. Similarly, respite programs can be utilized to give shift staff and EFC provider time away from service delivery demands without sacrificing the safety orwell-being of the individual. Depending on the nature of need and circumstances surrounding the respite request, durations may vary accordingly.

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