What is Community Services?
Community Services focuses on assisting individuals by developing and maintaining skills to be as self-sufficient as possible. This service does not provide basic child/adult care (a.k.a. “babysitting”). When services are provided, the Individual Service Plan must clearly document what services are necessary to support and promote the development of independent living skills. There are three available service options at this time: On-site Day Program, Off-site Day Program, and Home Skills Development.
On-site Day Program (on-site)
On-site Day Program is provided at a certified facility. The program assists the individual to acquire, improve and retain the self-help, socialization, adaptive, and life skills necessary at home or in the community. This is done by teaching and building life, safety and social skills through community inclusion, practical experience, and a variety of other skill-building activities.
Off-site Day Program (off-site)
Off-site is provided in the community and teaches all skills needed to be part of a community. These can include activities such as, using public transportation, making and keeping medical appointments, attending social events, any form of recreation, and volunteering. Services may be provided on an individual basis or for groups.
Home Skills Development (HSD)
Home Skills development takes place in the individual’s residence, including the individual’s private home where they may or may not have unrelated housemates, or in the home of a family member with whom the individual resides. HSD includes, but is not limited to, cooking, personal care, house cleaning, and laundry. The service assists the individual to acquire, improve and retain the self-help, socialization, adaptive, and life skills necessary at home. Services may be provided on an individual basis or for groups.