Valley Mountain Regional Center’s goal is to help each consumer lead the most independent and productive life possible. To achieve that goal each consumer’s Individual Program Plan will identify strengths and abilities as well as individual needs. Goals and objectives are based on the identified needs. Resources, services and supports to help achieve the goals and objectives are included in the plan. Services and supports may include:
Valley Mountain works with many community partners and skilled vendors to insure that children with an autism spectrum disorder receive appropriate and timely diagnosis. Services include Early Start autism intervention programs, Early Intensive Behavioral Treatment programs for children, specialized classrooms for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders or other Special Day classes. Placement is determined by the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) and/or Individual Education Plan (IEP) team.
Assessment and Consultation
Clinical staff provide diagnostic assessment and review all other available assessment data. An interdisciplinary team uses this assessment information to make recommendations for the individual plan.
A variety of clinics are available for consumers and families in areas including Counseling, Developmental Screening, Gait, Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy, and Psychiatry. Referrals to clinics are made through a consumer’s Service Coordinator.
Many consumers who have completed their formal education attend adult day programs. These programs promote functional living skills and individual development. Programs focus different skills based on the needs of the people they serve. Areas emphasized may include self-care, social interaction, language development and communication skills, health and fitness, leisure activities, community integration, academics, development of positive behaviors and elimination of behaviors that are a barrier to integration into the community, pre-employment, and employment training, and self-advocacy.
Early Start Programs
This is a Federal and State program for children birth to age 3 who have an established risk condition or who have developmental delays. Emphasis is placed on parent/child interaction and development of language, personal, social, cognitive and motor skills under the guidance of specialists in child development, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and social work. Services are provided in the child’s natural environment, which can be their home, relative or friend’s home, day care, community park, etc.
VMRC funds genetic counseling, testing and procedures for adults at risk of parenting a child with a developmental disability. Generic resources of funding are explored first. Referrals are received from primary care physicians in the area. Interested parties can contact the VMRC Clinical Department for more information.
Medical review and consultation occurs as one facet of the interdisciplinary assessment process, at the time of intake and periodically thereafter. Medical diagnosis and recommendations are provided through a variety of clinics (see above) and by physicians, psychologists and nurses at VMRC. VMRC also contracts with UOP School of Pharmacy for pharmacy consultation services. Medical treatment and intervention services are provided by private physicians and hospitals in the community. VMRC may provide referral to medical professionals and services at the request of the consumer/family.
Supportive services are preferred which enable a consumer to reside in his or her own home or family home, or in a supported living arrangement. But, when living at home is not feasible, residential services may be provided by trained professionals who contract with and are monitored by VMRC.
Licensed residential alternatives include: skilled nursing care; intermediate care facility homes for children and adults, foster family homes, small family homes, adult residential facilities, group homes, residential care facilities for elderly people, and State Developmental Centers. Non-licensed options for adults include supported living, in which consumers receive in-home support from trained staff on an “as needed” basis, independent living, in which they are taught basic skills prior to living in the community without support, and Family Home Agencies in which typical family homes are certified to provide services and supports for a maximum of two consumers.
Temporary relief from continuous care giving can be provided for family
members either by a repite worker who comes to the family home, or, for persons with severe medical, behavioral, or self-care challenges, through an out of home respite service provider.
Various city parks and recreation departments as well as private agencies (e.g., YMCA, Boy Scouts, etc.) can provide community recreational activities. These social/recreational activities include bowling, dancing, arts and crafts, swimming, and overall social skill development. Some programs are tailored for the individual with a developmental disability, while others involve mainstream activities.
Therapy and Counseling
Individuals and families in need of counseling or therapy may be referred to various psychologists, psychiatrists, family therapists and social workers in private practice in the community or to a variety of other public or private mental health agencies. VMRC offers limited counseling and psychiatric services and referral to generic agencies.
A wide range of vocational services for adults may be coordinated by VMRC. These include competitive employment, supported employment, sheltered employment and pre-vocational training programs.
All services are designed to develop functional and vocational skills, maintain an optimal level of physical well-being and to ensure that a person with developmental disabilities and his/her family may enjoy a life experience which is as normal, independent and productive as possible.
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