Opportunities Unlimited - Day Services
What are Day Services?
The Day Services program provides personal, social, and behavioral skills training for individuals with developmental disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, in order to help them improve the quality of their daily lives. Through skills assessment and person centered planning, the Day Support program strives to facilitate self-empowerment, community integration, and independent living.
How do Day Services work?
Two types of day services are offered:
- Community Engagement: Fosters an individual's ability to acquire, retain or improve skills necessary to building positive social behavior, interpersonal competence, greater independence, employability and personal choice. This program enables the individual to access typical activities in community life enjoyed by the general population such as education or training, retirement and volunteer activities. This program is provided in groups with no more than a 1:3 staff-to-individual ratio.
- Group Day Services: Provides opportunities for peer interactions, community integration, career planning and enhancement of social networks. Supports may be provided to ensure individual health and safety. These services are provided in groups with no more than a 1:7 staff-to-individual ratio.
Who may benefit from these services?
The target population for Day Services is individuals ages 18 and older who have a diagnosis of developmental disability, including intellectual disability, and no longer attend public education. Program participants must be able to maintain their personal health and safety, respect the property of others and benefit from services within an average of a 1:7 staff to participant ratio. Program participants must maintain an average weekly attendance of two days for continued program admission.
What services are provided in the Day Services program?
Day Services offers planned, structured services and supports in many areas. The following are examples of services provided:
- Functional training in self, social, and environmental awareness skills
- Functional training in sensory stimulation and gross and fine motor skills
- Functional training in communication and personal care
- Functional training in the use of community resources, community safety, appropriate peer interactions, and social skills
- Functional training in learning and problem-solving skills
- Functional training in adapting behavior to social and community settings
- Assistance with personal care and use of community resources
- Supervision to ensure the individual's health and safety
- Staff coverage for transportation of the individual between training and service activity sites
- Opportunities to use functional skills in community settings
What are the fees/funding for the Day Services program?
Individuals interested in participating in the Opportunities Unlimited program must have a Community Living Waiver, Building Independence Waiver, or Family Individual Support Waiver.