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DAILY LIVING SUPPORT

EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM

EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM

First Connections, the Arkansas Early Intervention system, operates under the Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS), Children’s Services. First Connections is part of the national Early Intervention Program for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. First Connections is governed under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and follows all federal requirements outlined in that law. First Connections provides services and supports in the home and community settings (natural environments) in which children without disabilities participate. The intent of the program is to enhance the family’s capacity to assist in their child’s development through parent training, education, and supports.

SUPPORTED LIVING

SUPPORTED LIVING

Supportive living is where a direct care staff person works in the individual’s home and community on goals and objectives desired by the individual that were identified in the MAPS. Supportive living helps individuals to develop and keep and/or improve the self-help, socialization and adaptive skills necessary to live successfully.

SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT

SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT

Designed for individuals whom competitive employment at or above minimum wage is unlikely, or due to a disability, needs ongoing support to perform in a competitive work setting.

RESPITE CARE

RESPITE CARE

Respite care services are provided to or for any waiver individual who is unable to care for themselves on a short-term basis. This may be due to the absence of or need for relief of non-paid individuals who normally provide the care. Non-paid individuals may include parents of minors, primary caregivers and spouses of participants, grandparents, friends and relatives..

SUPPLEMENTAL SUPPORT

SUPPLEMENTAL SUPPORT

Supplemental Supports help an individual live in the community and participate in leisure, recreational, social and educational activities that make a positive difference their life.

CRISIS INTERVENTION

CRISIS INTERVENTION

Crisis intervention services are defined as services delivered in the beneficiary’s place of residence or other local community site by a mobile intervention team or professional. Intervention services must be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and must be targeted to provide technical assistance and training in the areas of behavior already identified.

SUPPORTIVE EQUIPMENT

ADAPTIVE EQUIPMENT

ADAPTIVE EQUIPMENT

This service is for the purchase, leasing and repair of adaptive, therapeutic and augmentative equipment. This equipment must be required for the individual to increase, maintain or improve their ability to perform daily life tasks. This service may include specialized medical equipment such as devices, controls or appliances that enable the person to perceive, control or to communicate within their environment.

ENVIRONMENTAL MODIFICATIONS

ENVIRONMENTAL MODIFICATIONS

Environmental modifications are made to or at the waiver beneficiary’s home, required by the person centered service plan and are necessary to ensure the health, welfare and safety of the beneficiary or that enable the beneficiary to function with greater independence and without which the beneficiary would require institutionalization.

SPECIALIZED MEDICAL SUPPLIES

SPECIALIZED MEDICAL SUPPLIES

Specialized medical supplies include items necessary for life support and the supplies and equipment necessary for the proper functioning of such items. Non-durable medical equipment not available under the Medicaid State Plan may also be provided.

THERAPY

SPEECH - LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY

SPEECH - LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY

Identification of children with communication or oropharyngeal ( mouth or throat) disorders and delays in development of communication skills.

PHYSICAL THERAPY

PHYSICAL THERAPY

Services to promote sensori-motor function through enhancement of the child’s musculoskeletal status, neuro-behavioral organization, perception and motor development, cardiopulmonary status and effective adaption of his/her environment.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Services to address the functional needs of the child regarding his/her adaptive development, adaptive behavior and play, sensory, motor, and postural development. They are designed to improve the child’s ability to perform tasks at home, school, and community setting.

FOSTER HOME

FOSTER HOME

FOSTER HOME

This service is provided for children in DHS custody with disabilities. Staff will provide a safe and stable home environment. Staff will be the equivalent of foster home families and will be licensed according to DCFS Minimum Licensing Standards. Respite families will also provide temporary care when the primary caregiver is unavailable. A caseworker will visit the home monthly to ensure the health and safety of the children. Ongoing support and training is provided by Arkansas Quality Therapy, Co. and DHS.

ADMINISTRATION

CASE MANAGEMENT

CASE MANAGEMENT

Every individual who has Waiver services has a Case Manager. This person helps them plan for and get the services and supports needed that are identified in the individual’s MAPS. Also, they monitor all services and how they are provided. Other important matters they oversee is the process of annual MAPS, plan revisions, and the assessment of the individual’s level of care.

CONSULTATION SERVICES

CONSULTATION SERVICES

Consultation services are clinical and therapeutic services which assist waiver beneficiaries, parents, guardians, legally responsible individuals, and service providers in carrying out the beneficiary’s person centered service plan.

COMMUNITY TRANSITION

COMMUNITY TRANSITION

Community transition services are non-recurring set-up expenses for beneficiaries who are transitioning from an institution or another provider-operated living arrangement to a living arrangement in a private residence where the person is directly responsible for his or her own living expenses.

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