AEDD manages two, 10-bed Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
(ICF-IDD). The facilities provide services 24 hours a day to meet the needs of consumers through the use
of professional and clinical staff. Each facility houses ten consumers in a residential setting. The consumers served are both male and female, and are of various ages.
The ICF-IDDs are licensed by the Office of Long Term Care, a branch of the Department of Human Services under the Division of Medical Services. The direct care staff play an important role in the active treatment provided to the consumers. The services offered range from assistance in completing personal grooming tasks to accompanying the consumers out in the community for recreational activities. Unlike other agencies licensed by OLTC, ICF-IDDs offer the benefits of frequent community interaction.
In order to provide the most effective treatment possible, each consumer has a uniquely developed Individual Program Plan (IPP). These plans are developed by a team at the time a person moves in and are reevaluated annually to determine any necessary changes to their goals. The objective of each plan is to provide needed support to enhance each consumer’s daily living skills in order to increase their level of independence.
Services are regularly evaluated to ensure that the consumer’s rights are safeguarded and their best interests are kept in mind. Facility policies and each consumer’s programming are reviewed frequently by a Human Rights Committee which is comprised of family members, facility staff, and community advocates.
Our residential based program is specifically designed to meet the needs of the individuals we serve and our facilities are designed to provide a home-like atmosphere. The facility’s staff work alongside community members to ensure that we are doing everything possible to assist those served in becoming more independent. We strive to have a positive impact in the lives of every individual needing our services, as well as in the lives of their families and friends.
AEDD offers mental health services for its consumers at the ICF-IDD’s. Individuals dealing with developmental disabilities, as well as emotional and behavioral disorders, now have resources on-site to help manage their day-to-day lives. A Licensed Mental Health Professionals provides individual therapy and psychiatric services to consumers. With these services, consumers are able to learn coping skills to deal with anger, anxiety and depression. Learning to communicate openly and honestly is also emphasized in the program in order to improve peer relationships and family life. The main objective of these services is to improve the functioning level and quality of life for ICF-IDD consumers.
Individual therapy provides intensive counseling for the consumer to work through specific issues and establish goals. Consumer’s treatment is monitored by an attending psychiatrist who can prescribe and manage medication for serious emotional and behavioral disorders.
With therapy and psychiatric services provided on-site, the ICF-IDD consumers have the opportunity to deal with crises as they arise. Dealing with the challenges of having developmental disabilities and mental illness becomes less of a struggle. The constant support of mental health professionals allows consumers to make the necessary changes and decisions to improve their overall quality of life.