Developmental Disabilities Services for Adults and Children
To qualify for funding for Developmental Services, an individual must have a developmental disability as defined by He-M 503b.05 (link), or in the case of traumatic/acquired brain disorder by He-M 522 (link). In cases where there needs to be further evaluation to determine eligibility, NHS may have a licensed psychologist further evaluate an individual. This testing/evaluation with a developmental specialist may include IQ testing and the assessment of an individual’s functional abilities.
Respite: Respite is funding for care in the home or in the community to provide a break for other family members. The family has full freedom and control in choosing their own provider(s) with the training and safeguards to assure appropriateness and quality of services and supports provided. Respite may be used as day, evening, or night care, either on special occasions, emergency situations, or whenever the family chooses.
High School Transition Supports: Supports to help with the planning for the transition from school programs to adult supports including identifying needs, exploring options and help accessing adult benefits, services and other community resources.
Service Coordinators act as an advocate for the individual served, to ensure that their voice is heard throughout the process. NHS believes that individuals need to direct their own lives, make their own choices, and manage the outcomes of those choices. NHS believes in giving up as much control as possible to the individual, all the while supporting them through daily life.
Service Coordinators also monitor the services an individual receives. This built-in safeguard makes sure that services provided are meeting an individual’s support needs, that the individual is receiving the necessary supports to achieve life goals, and the freedom to explore interests and pursuits.
Service Coordinators are an integral part of the core team surrounding an individual. Each individual may have many people on their team, and the Service Coordinator acts as a liaison/facilitator for the team.