“Amy” is an amazing young lady who came to HCRS in 2007; she had been placed in residential school due to her uncontrolled behavior issues and inconsistent home life and had a State appointed legal guardian. With the help of HCRS, Amy was placed in more stable home environment with a family that she had already established a relationship with during emergency respite care. With natural supports and the supports from HCRS; Amy has been able to establish a safe and more consistent relationship between herself and her biological family; she has been able to maintain gainful employment; and just last year was legally appointed to be her own guardian. Amy started working part-time at a grocery store and a department store. In 2010, Amy successfully completed a 3 month internship as a front desk clerk. This internship opportunity really helped build Amy’s vocational skills and professional self esteem. Since this internship, Amy has flourished at work and socially.
Children’s Developmental Services
All children and youth with a developmental disability now access clinical, developmental, behavioral, and support services through our Operations Kids program.
This collaboration between HCRS’ Children’s Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities programs provides one door access to coordinated services, starting with a call to First Stop for information and clinical assessment. After meeting with the First Stop staff, the Operation Kids team will develop an Individualized Plan of Care – in collaboration with the parent/guardian – which can provide individual and family therapy, psychiatry, case management, behavioral supports, and day and overnight respite.
These CORE services do not require the client to go through eligibility determination for a developmental disability and do not require the family to apply for a Medicaid waiver.
If there are additional needs of the child or youth that are not being met by what is provided through the core services, the Operation Kids team will work with the family to determine their eligibility for higher level Developmental Disability services and waiver funding.
The Operation Kids team will also work with the family to see if they are eligible for Personal Care services.
One of the most important times for youth with a developmental disability is when they graduate high school and transition into adult services. A Developmental Disability Service Coordinator can be a resource at this time for both the family and the school system. It is extremely important that all youth with a developmental disability, who will need developmental support as an adult, be identified at the time of graduation so we can assist in this transition.