Starting in July, HBH staff will spread the success they’ve seen in working with children. They’ll be able to help adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities enjoy a full life within their community. The Long-Term Adult Support and Resources (LASR) program will allow us to help 95 adults from Oahu, Hawaii, Kauai, and Maui. The contract from the Hawaii Department of Health, Developmental Disabilities Division, runs from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, and is renewable for up to 5 additional years.
We hope program participants gain new opportunities for socialization and making friends, as well as develop adaptive or functional skills to support greater independence within their community. Independence may include participation in volunteer or paid employment.
We’re excited about this opportunity because we’ve seen these goals accomplished in other Hawaii Behavioral Health programs. For example, a young woman with schizophrenia had very limited independence when HBH staff began working with her. She had an interest and talent in drawing manga, however. HBH staff accompanied her to social outings including movies and shopping. They found a manga club. The participant attended the club. She watched others draw but was too anxious to draw with them. Eventually, she got comfortable enough to invite some of the club members to lunch at a shopping center. One peer accepted, and they had an enjoyable luncheon engagement. The HBH LASR program seeks to assist more individuals with cognitive challenges to achieve similar success in socialization and other key goals.
The overall delivery approach emphasizes person-centered planning to set individual goals. Direct Support Workers will work with participants in fully integrated community settings to support their goals. Goals and activities will be driven by the participant. Activities will be conducted and monitored with support from a network of family and other advocates that are identified by the participant.
Services will include participation, partnership, and involvement in activities that increase:
- opportunities for the individual to develop friendships, relationships, and natural supports
- opportunities to be employed in competitive, integrated employment;
- opportunities for the individual to contribute to the community; and
- the individual’s independence and interdependence in the community.
We’ll accomplish those goals by working with participants and members of their support circle to:
- Identify interests. An interest inventory will document the basis for individual goals for each Participant.
- Identify strengths and challenges. The Participant’s strengths will be documented in relation to each goal.
- Set goals. Intermediate goals and activities will be proposed in support of longer-range individual goals.
- Practice. The direct support worker will use a combination of role-modeling, coaching, and other practice methods to build a scaffold for independence. Participant strengths will form the base from which to build skills and strategies to meet challenges.
- Do. The ultimate goal of services is for participants to live, work, and play independently as fully integrated members of their community.
If you’re interested in working in this new program, or know of others who might be, please contact Hawaii Behavioral Health Human Resources at email@example.com.