CADES Transition Guide
CADES Transition Guide Resources
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN POST–21 DAY PROGRAMS/RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES
- Staffing: What is the staff-to-client ratio? Do they accept 1:1 assistant/nurse? Do they have therapists? How long has the staff been there? How do the staff relate to the adults in the program? How do the staff relate to each other?
- Food: Do they provide lunch/snacks? Are there choices? Does each individual bring their own lunch/snacks? Is there refrigeration/ microwave? Is the staff trained in tube-feeding?
- Technology: Is the staff trained in the use of assistive/augmentative devices? Can the staff provide assistance to access AAC? Power wheelchairs? Computers?
- Community Outings: How often? Who participates? Lift vans available?
- Positioning: Is there a place for the individuals to get out of their wheelchair and stretch? Can the facility accommodate equipment if the adult brings their own?
- Toileting: Is there a place to change diapers? Adaptive toilets? Bars for transfers? Timed toileting schedule? Do they use portable lifting devices?
- Activities: What do the adults do all day? Is there a schedule? Music? Horticulture? Pets? Computers? Dance? Art? Is there staff to provide support for the young adults to participate? Do they move from room to room or stay in one area all day?
- Schedules: Full or part-time? What are the hours? What is a typical daily schedule for the adults? Can you sign up for days or partial days?
- Transportation: Is it provided? Do clients use CCT? Distance from SEPTA routes?
- Atmosphere: What’s the lighting like? Décor? Do you think that your young adult would enjoy spending time in the space?
- Funding: What waivers do they accept? Are there any anticipated changes in funding?
- Miscellaneous: Is there a waiting list? Are there plans for expansion or a change of location? Who gives medications?
- Emergency Procedures: Are the adult’s monitored to prevent eloping? What are the security measures for people entering and leaving the facility?
- Family Communication: How often? What modes?
- Intake Requirements: What is needed to start programming? Current physical and immunizations? Psychological evaluation? Consent forms?
PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS
PA Family Network, Vision for Equality
PA Families Inc (PFI)
Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Greater Philadelphia Autism Society
PA Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)
Working with the Bureau of Special Education (BSE) and PA Department of Education (PDE), PaTTAN provides a full array of professional development and technical assistance targeted to improving student results.
COMMON ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS
ADP — Adult Day Program
AE — Administrative Entity
CCT— Customized Community Transportation
CHC — Community Health Choices (Waiver)
CLA — Community Living Arrangement
EPSDT — Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment
HCBS — Home and Community-Based Services
ISP — Individualized Support Plan
ODP — Office of Developmental Programs
OIDD — Office of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
OVR — Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
POA — Power of Attorney
PFDS — Person/Family Directed Support (Waiver)
PUNS — Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services
RTF — Residential Treatment Facility
SC — Support Coordinator
SCO — Support Coordination Agency
SSI — Supplemental Security Income
SSP — State Supplementary Payment