Ramah Care Services
Customized Community Supports Services

The objective of the Customized Community Support Services is to create meaningful, sustained relationships with non-disabled community members who share common interests, preferences,and goals. The individual is supported to create such community connections individually in the community, not as part of a group of people with disabilities. 

Community Access Services include, but are not limited to, the following requirements:

  1. Participation in the IDT to provide information and develop strategies for inclusion of Community Access Services within the ISP action plans;
  2. Identification of individual preferences, interests, vision, goals related to relevant desired outcomes;
  3. Verification that the ISP contains for each individual a personal definition of a meaningful day; the IDTs shall assure that each person has a definition of a "meaningful day" that matches the criteria described in the definition of meaningful day at the beginning of these standards;
  4. Identification of generic community resources and options;
  5. Facilitation of inclusion of individual within community group or volunteer organizations;
  6. Development of connections resulting in the individual joining formal or informal associations, community groups, clubs, and associations related to the individual's hobbies, interests, and preference;
  7. Development of individual access for participation in a broad range of community settings, design and implement activities based upon the identified interests and desired outcome;
  8. Securing supplemental community resources (time, information, materials and other resources) so that the individual may engage in meaningful community activities;
  9. Training, guidance, and support for the development of decision-making skills;
  10. Training, guidance, and support to develop and maintain valued social roles within community groups or organizations;
  11. Medication administration in accordance with the Developmental Disabilities Service Department "Medication Assessment and Delivery Policy";
  12. Training, guidance and support of volunteer community placements;
  13. Assistance with the development of natural support networks within integrated settings, including the development and use of strategies, when appropriate, to complement, reduce or replace paid support;
  14. Community based training and guidance to support successful identification and use of generic community transportation options (include how to access and utilize transportation services);
  15. Nursing and medical oversight services as outlined in Chapter 1, III, E (for Jackson class members) and Chapter 6 (for new waiver members).
  16. Identification of the individual's/family's existing relationships and support network and which could be leveraged as resources for desired relationships and memberships;
  17. Assure skill acquisition in natural community settings (for example: decision-making, and maintaining valued social roles), and behaviors that strengthen an individual's connection with his or her community, including identifying work options;
  18. Identify and support development of volunteer mentors that emerge from natural community settings related to #1.
  19. Identify and support opportunities for mutual mentorship in areas where the person with a disability has talents and gifts to mentor others.