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Services to Citizens with Mental Retardation and
Other Developmental Disabilities

The Developmental Disabilities Division serves individuals throughout their life span who meet the federal definition of Developmental Disability--that is: persons who have mental retardation or other severe, chronic disability which is attributable to a mental or physical disability; manifested before the age of 22; likely to continue indefinitely; and substantially limits functioning in three or more major life areas (e.g., self-care, language, mobility, economic). The Division serves people through the following program areas: Title XIX MR/DD Waiver Services, Residential Services, Supported Employment Services, Family Support Services and Enrichment and Habilitation Services (Day Programs, Behavior Support Services and Community Habilitation).

Title XIX MR/DD Waiver Program:

Title XIX MR/DD Waiver is a home and community-based habilitation program that enables individuals with mental retardation and developmental disabilities to live and receive needed services in their natural community. Waiver utilizes the interdisciplinary team process to assure that individuals achieve their desired outcomes. The Waiver program offers an array of specialized services, in conjunction with available community resources, to address individual needs.

Title XIX Waiver Service Coordination:

Service Coordination primarily focuses on activities to establish a potentially life-long, person-centered, goal-oriented process for coordinating the range of services, instruction and assistance needed by persons with developmental disabilities and their families. It is designed to ensure accessibility, accountability and continuity of support and services. This service also ensures that persons with developmental disabilities have opportunities to make meaningful choices with regard to his/her life, and his/her inclusion into the community. Service coordination includes Linkage, advocacy, service planning, assessment, crisis response planning and service plan evaluation.

Contact Source:

Service Coordination Supervisor

Valley Healthcare System

(304) 296-1731 ext 4133

Title XIX Waiver Community Support Services:

Community Support Services: Valley HealthCare System provides Community Support Services for the Title XIX Waiver recipient. The support services consist of 1:1 staff and respite providers to work directly with Waiver consumers. The 1:1/respite provider receives client-specific training by a QMRP prior to working with the consumer. The services are listed below.

Respite: 1:1 staff will provide supervision due to the absence of, or need for, relief of the primary family/care provider. This can take place in the client’s home and community.

Adult Companion Care: 1:1 staff will provide adult supervision and monitoring during activities of daily living, i.e. socializing, shopping, meal prep. This can take place in the client’s home and the community.

Residential Habilitation: 1:1 staff will provide client-specific instruction in the consumer’s home or community setting.

Day Habilitation: 1:1 staff will provide client-specific training in the community.

Community Residential Habilitation: A family member will implement habilitation objectives in the community and residential setting. The family member will be trained on client-specific goals by a therapeutic consultant.

Contact Source:

Program Manager MR/DD Community Support Services

Community Support Supervisor

Valley HealthCare System

(304) 296-1731 ext 4216


Title XIX Waiver Residential Services:

Valley HealthCare System provides residential services to consumers that have been approved for Title XIX Waiver services.

Valley HealthCare operates seven (7) group homes in the Marion and Monongalia County areas.

Consumers that reside in these group homes have a diagnosis MR/DD and have a wide spectrum of disabilities. The consumers receive 24-hour staffing. The group homes were developed so that consumers could reside in a “family type environment."

The services that the consumers receive that reside in these group homes are as follows:

Residential Habilitation: Trained and qualified staff provides consumer-specific habilitation activities based upon the consumer’s level of functioning in all areas of daily living. These services are provided 1:1, 1:2 and 1:3 ratios.

Adult Companion Care: This service is provided on a 1:1, 1:2 and 1:3 staff ratio. Staff will provide supervision and socialization to consumers when training is not being done. Adult Companion Care services include, but are not limited to: assisting or supervising the consumer with shopping, leisure activities, pet care, meal preparation and socializing. This service is not done in a structured format and encourages the consumer to develop relationships through positive interaction with the staff and others.

Nursing Services: Every consumer that resides in a Valley Healthcare System group home receives nursing services. Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses, under the supervision of a registered nurse, provide the nursing services.

Consumer needs dictate the level of nursing services that the consumers receive.

Contact Source:

Program Manager, MR/DD Residential Services

Valley HealthCare System

(304) 296-1731, ext 4201


Day Habilitation Services:

Day habilitation services consist of a program of skills instruction and supervision designed to assist an individual to achieve increased independence or to maintain his/her current skills in his/her activities of daily living. The service takes place away from the person’s home in natural community environments. This service can happen in the community or at a licensed certified day program site. All adults who participate in MR/DD Waiver services are required to have day habilitation services.  Valley currently operates site-based day habilitation programs in Monongalia, Marion and Preston Counties.

Contact Source:

Program Manager MR/DD Community Support Services

Day Habilitation Supervisor

304-363-1116 (Marion County)

304-296-1731 ext. 4550 (Preston County)

304-554-2200  (Monongalia County)


Positive Behavior Support Services:

Valley HealthCare System provides positive behavior support services for Title XIX Waiver recipients. Positive behavior support services are available for any individual who engages in any form of inappropriate behaviors. They can come in the form of a positive behavior support plan or consultation as problems arise.

Before a positive behavior support plan is written, there will be an evaluation of the variables maintaining the inappropriate behaviors, as well as an evaluation of what alternative appropriate behaviors are available. Observations of the individual engaging in the inappropriate behavior(s) are made when appropriate.

Positive behavior support plans and consultation involve preventative and reactive procedures for the inappropriate behaviors. The positive behavior support plans are approved through the Human Rights Committee to make sure that the rights of the individual are not being violated. Once a positive behavior support plan is approved, all individuals who take care of the client receive instruction for implementation of the plan.

Contact Source:

Program Manager Waiver Community Support Services

Valley HealthCare System

(304) 291-1731 ext 4124


Targeted Case Management Services:

Targeted Case Management primarily focuses on activities to establish a potentially life-long, person-centered, goal-oriented process for coordinating the range of services, instruction and assistance needed by persons with developmental disabilities and their families. It is designed to ensure accessibility, accountability and continuity of support and services. This service also ensures that persons with developmental disabilities have opportunities to make meaningful choices with regard to his/her life, and his/her inclusion into the community. Service coordination includes Linkage, advocacy, service planning, assessment, Crisis response planning and service plan evaluation.

Contact Source:

Service Coordination Supervisor

Valley Healthcare System

(304) 296-1731 ext 4133


Family Support:

Valley HealthCare System is an active participant in the West Virginia Family Support Program. The Family Support program assists families that have a family member who has a disability residing in the home. It is intended to provide case management, resource identification, government and community program identification, and funding to purchase goods and services related to the care of the person with a developmental disability.

Applications for Family Support Funding consideration may be obtained from the local Family Support Coordinator employed by Valley HealthCare System. The local Family Support Committee reviews the requests and forwards a response to applicants. The Family Support Program empowers families to establish their sons and daughters as equal members of their local community.

Contact Source:

Family Support Coordinator

Valley Healthcare System

(304) 296-1731 ext 4140

 

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