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AERI Behavioral Health Services
Adult Autism Waiver
Referral Handbook
To inquire about services, please contact:
Cassi Group at (724) 961-0632 or [email protected]
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AERI Behavioral Health
AAW Referral Handbook
Table of Contents
Page
1. The Adult Autism Waiver in Pennsylvania
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2. Service Delivery Model
4
3. The “Flow” of Supports Coordination
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4. Tips to Reflect on when Choosing a Provider
6
5. Programs and Services offered within the Adult Autism Waiver
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6. Expectations of Consumers and Staff
9
7. Why Choose AERI?
10
8.
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Mission, Vision, and Philosophy
9. Meet the AERI Team
13
10. An Explanation of Services Afforded through AERI
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11. What is the Role of Behavioral Specialist, Community Inclusion,
15-18
Counseling, Family Counseling, Family Training, Job Assessment
and Job Finding, and Temporary Crisis
12. AERI’s Commitment to Safety
18
13. Thank You, and Contact Information
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The Adult Autism Waiver
What is it,
and what is available to me?
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Service Delivery Model
The Adult Autism Waiver is unique in that Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Autism Services
(BAS) administers the waiver directly and is available for clinical and technical
assistance to ensure that participants have access to quality services. The Adult
Autism Waiver uses a person-centered decision making team process that is
facilitated by a Supports Coordinator (SC). The SC is selected by the participant and
is responsible for the following:
o Meeting with the participant and/or his/her family to identify the strengths
and needs
o Administering the Parental Stress Scale (PSS), the Scales of Independent
Behavior-Revised (SIB-R) assessment and the Quality of Life Questionnaire
(QOL.Q). The SIB-R and QOL.Q are to be administered annually.
o Obtaining and/or administering additional assessments as needs are
determined.
o Collecting information in order to facilitate the development of the Individual
Support Plan (ISP).
o Convening team members identified by the participant to develop the ISP.
o Facilitating the ISP meeting and gathering important information.
o Assisting the participant in obtaining and coordinating waiver services.
o Monitoring service delivery to ensure that services rendered are in
accordance with the ISP.
o Contacting participants monthly and visiting quarterly.
o Measuring participants’ progress with goals outlined in the ISP.
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The Flow of Supports Coordination: The Starting Point of Obtaining Services
When you are approved to start services within the Adult Autism Waiver, you will need to
choose a service provider for your Supports Coordination service. Once that is completed,
the Bureau of Autism Services forwards your information to the selected agency and makes
them aware you had chosen them. A Supports Coordinator (SC) from that agency will then
be in touch with you to schedule an initial visit and complete the SC’s intake assessments.
The SC will arrive to the initial intake visit with the assessments needed to begin completing
the consumer’s ISP. It can take up to four hours to complete all four initial assessments.
Remember - it is important that you are comfortable, so feel free to take breaks if necessary
and request for the SC to slow down or to explain what is being asked if needed.
After the initial meeting, the SC will complete the scoring of all of the assessments, submit
them to the Bureau of Autism Services, and wait to receive the results. During this time, the
SC will call to schedule the second intake visit to complete the ISP, as well as have you
choose your service(s) and provider(s).
The SC will prepare and send the following to you prior to the second intake visit:
1. ISP questions
AERI will provide these for you in advance in order to afford you the opportunity
to answer them at your convenience as well as gather any necessary
documentation needed.
2. List of the Service Providers
Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with providers within your area in
order to determine which providers that you may be interested in choosing.
3. During the second intake visit, the SC will collaborate with you and develop the
ISP. At this time, you will also choose the services and providers you want. This
visit may take up to 4 hours to complete. During this visit, there will be a lot of
questions in order to obtain all of the information necessary to build the ISP, as
required by the Bureau of Autism Services. All documents that require your
review and signatures will be completed at this visit, too. Please feel free to take
breaks if necessary and request the SC to slow down or explain what is being
asked if needed.
After the second initial meeting, the SC will:
1. Call the agencies chosen and confirm that they are accepting new consumers. They
will be made aware at that time that they were chosen by you to provide the
service specified. If the agency agrees to accept a new consumer, they will be in
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contact with you to arrange a meeting. If they are unable to accept the referral,
your SC will be in contact with you to choose a new provider.
2. Write your ISP and submit to the Bureau of Autism Services for approval. This
review process can take a few weeks for approval. Once your ISP is approved, your
SC will make you aware and send you a printed copy. The SC will also forward a
copy to all of your service providers chosen for each service.
Remember that your services will be unable to start until your ISP
is approved by the Bureau of Autism Services!
Tips to Reflect on when Choosing an Adult Autism Waiver Provider
Consumers receiving services through the Adult Autism Waiver are not alone in arranging
the services that they choose, as well as advocating for themselves. However, always
remember, the services are to be consumer-driven. Meaning, the consumer (and family is
applicable) is the person that elects the services, service providers, goals, and objectives.
They are not chosen by anyone else from the team.
Services to each consumer are provided by an identified team in which the Support
Coordinator is the initial representative of. The team will be a combination of professionals
and family members and friends, as chosen by the consumer. Each professional represents
the chosen services as selected by the consumer. Each team will be sized depending on how
many services each person has under the Adult Autism Waiver. The team will convene for
the consumer’s recertification as well as when necessary to ensure the unity of all services.
There is consistent communication between all parties.
Services are designed for flexible use and to meet the needs of the consumer. The consumer
can elect to start a new service or terminate a service at any time. They are not “locked into
services” and can also elect to change providers for any service at any time. This
information needs to be relayed to the Supports Coordinator to assist the consumer in
these transitions.
Collaborative development and modification of the ISP will take place yearly. However, it
will constantly be reviewed and modified as necessary by the Supports Coordinator, the
consumer, family, and the rest of the team.
The team will work to provide ongoing information gathering to support the consumer’s
changing needs and progress. These updates will be provided to the Supports Coordinator
during quarterly monitoring. The information provided will then be forwarded to the
Bureau of Autism Services, and will be included in the ISP as appropriate.
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Programs and Services Offered Within the Adult Autism Waiver
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Supports Coordination
Assist with the location, coordination, and monitoring of needed services and support. SCs
are available on an as needed basis. They are not authorized a certain amount of hours per
week to use. Instead, they submit a request through the ISP (within HCSIS) per week for
calculation purposes, but are able to utilize the units approved throughout the entire year,
as the consumer’s needs arise.
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Assistive Technology
This is any piece of equipment or product that is used to increase, maintain or improve a
person’s communication. The amount of this service is limited to $10,000 for this person’s
lifetime.
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Behavioral Specialist Services
Behavioral Specialist Services (BSS) provides specialized behavioral support for individuals
that may demonstrate behavioral challenges because of limited social skills, limited
communication skills or impaired sensory systems.
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Community Inclusion
This service is designed to assist people in acquiring, retaining and improving
communication, socialization, self-direction, self-help and adaptive skills necessary to
reside in the community.
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Community Transition
This is a one-time expense for a person that is transitioning from an institution to a private
residence where that person is directly responsible for his or her living expenses.
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Day Habilitation
This line of care provides individualized assistance with acquiring, retaining, and
improving communication, socialization, self-direction, self-help and adaptive skills
necessary to reside in the community.
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Residential Habilitation
This service assists individuals for up to twenty-four hours a day in acquiring, retaining,
and improving the communication, socialization, self-direction, self-help and adaptive skills
necessary to reside in the community (daily living activities).
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Environmental Modifications
These are physical adaptations to the participant’s home which are necessary to ensure the
health and welfare of the participant and/or to enable the participant to function with
greater independence. The service limit is $20,000 for this person’s lifetime.
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Family Counseling
Provides caregiver counseling for the participant’s family and informal network to develop
and maintain healthy, stable relationships among all caregivers, including family members
for support of the participant.
•
Family Training
This is a service that is available to develop expertise in the consumer’s family and formal
care network so that caregivers can help the participant acquire, retain, or improve skills
that directly improve the individual’s ability to live independently.
•
Job Assessment and Job Finding
Job Assessment and Job Finding provides support necessary to obtain paid or volunteer
work in the community including job assessment and job development. This is not to be
confused with job coaching, which would provide onsite support. This is covered under
Supported Employment.
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Nutritional Consultation
Consultation provides assistance to participants with an identified food allergy, food
sensitivity or a serious nutritional deficiency.
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Respite
Respite provides for planned or emergency short term relief to a participant’s unpaid
caregiver when the caregiver is temporarily unavailable to provide support necessary. The
total cost per fiscal year is limited to $6,240.
•
Temporary Crisis Services
Temporary Crisis Services provide additional staff in the short term in a time of crisis for a
participant when it has been determined that the participant’s health and welfare are in
jeopardy.
•
Supported Employment
Supported employment can offer ongoing assistance in developing the communication,
socialization, self-direction, self-help, and adaptive skills necessary to maintain
employment in a community setting.
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Therapies:
Other therapies may include: Occupational Therapy; Speech/Language Therapy or
Counseling
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Transitional Work Services
Provide community employment opportunities in which the participant is working
alongside other people with disabilities.
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Expectations of Consumers and Staff
A consumer who is new to the system often does not know what to expect from their team
members, or what is expected of them as participants in the Adult Autism Waiver Services.
Here is a general overview of the expectations of both roles:
The consumer is expected to:
Have their physical completed yearly by their family doctor and be sure they
complete their Medical Evaluation form (MA-51), as well as take the necessary
follow up to be sure this document is sent to the SC
Actively participate and contribute, if able, to the intake process and completion of
the assessments
Actively participate in treatment planning and the development of the Individual
Support Plan (ISP)
Actively participate in team meetings when necessary
Actively participate in the Annual Reviews with the SC and team
Be available for visits from your SC and be understanding if a change in schedule is
needed or requested
Form a positive, collaborative, yet professional relationship with team members
Your team members (AAW services staff) are expected to:
Provide a general orientation at the time of intake that details services to be
provided, as well as the schedule for service delivery
Provide services that are consistent with what is specified in the ISP
Provide procedures for filing a complaint
Form a positive, collaborative, and professional relationship with the consumer and
any family involved in services
Arrive in a timely manner to the visits and meetings scheduled
Attend ISP meetings, team meetings, and any other appointments scheduled that
require their attendance
Collaborate with other services and providers involved with the consumer’s
services within the Adult Autism Waiver. This may also include any outside services
the consumer is involved in that are in need of collaboration with waiver services
Honor the wishes of the consumer while providing therapeutic services
Provide therapeutic services according to the ISP, with the highest integrity
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AERI Behavioral Health Services
Why choose AERI?
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Why choose AERI?
AERI was founded as part of the collective vision of individuals who share a common
passion for creating positive change in people’s lives. Our team is comprised of leaders with
not only remarkable skills and diverse expertise, but several directors are personally
affected by a loved one with a behavioral health diagnosis, a form of autism, or other
unique challenges.
We believe in what we do. We provide therapeutic interventions that are based in the
principles of behavior management as supported by over 50 years of empirical research.
We educate and empower individuals, their families, and the people who work with them
so that treatment is consistent and effective. We are undoubtedly, and will always be,
driven by hope. We believe that every individual, no matter what their diagnosis, impact or
challenge may be, has something positive to contribute to our world. We presume intellect
in every person we serve. We believe that as a team - together on each unique journey - we
will find answers … positive solutions… make a difference… and chart a new course for a
person’s future.
Our staff has diverse experience treating persons with behavioral health diagnoses,
including autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Our leaders include Board Certified Behavior
Analysts, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Teachers, Licensed Psychologists, and a
Nationally Certified Counselor. AERI offers a multitude of services for individuals, families,
and their surrounding communities throughout the lifespan. AERI provides quality clinical
care grounded in decades of research. We train, we mentor, we educate, and we empower.
We wish to cultivate positive change in the lives of every individual, family, school and
organization we are fortunate to serve.
AERI Has Achieved a Three Year Accreditation from CARF
A CARF Three-Year Accreditation has been awarded to AERI for its Intensive Family
Based Services: Mental Health (Children and Adolescents), Outpatient Treatment:
Mental Health (Children and Adolescents), Behavioral Consultation Services, Supports for
Children with Autism, and Supports for Persons with Autism. AERI is proud to be the first
accredited provider of adult autism services in Pennsylvania!
We pride ourselves in our communication!
Communication is fundamentally important to better serve you as our consumer, and to
provide competent services to meet your needs. We will work together as a team to
establish and maintain ongoing communication among the therapist(s) on your team, our
office staff including the management team, and your family.
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Initially and throughout your time as a participant in this waiver, you will be required to
read and understand many forms that can seem overwhelming or confusing. Our office
staff, as well as the members assigned to your team, are trained to help you understand
these forms, and to explain them in terms that are easy to understand. We encourage you
to have all of your questions answered before signing. Your signature indicates to us that
you have read, understand, and agree with the information provided on each form. It is
therefore important to ask questions right away.
AERI’s Mission
It is the mission of AERI Behavioral Health to be a leader in delivering the highest quality of
recovery-oriented mental health services.
AERI’s Vision Statement
Ours is a special service to people in some of their most difficult times. In doing our jobs
well we may bring about some of the most profound and beneficial changes that our
Consumers may experience in their entire lives. Guideposts for services are that they be
person-centered, family focused, culturally competent, multi-systemic, community-based,
recovery-oriented, and the least restrictive as possible.
AERI’s Philosophy of Services
The focus of the Adult Autism Waiver Services of AERI Behavioral Health Services shall
remain consistent with AERI’s overall commitment to act in the best interest of all children,
adolescents, adults and families whom we serve, to provide high quality, clinically
appropriate, innovative services to our consumers which are both efficient and effective,
and which are respectful to each individual’s and family’s strengths, needs, and values; and
to maintain standards of integrity in the provision of state-of-the-art services and
interventions.
We are committed to this philosophy and the value of ongoing improvements in the level of
quality with which we serve our consumers and their families. Treatment planning is based
upon the strengths of each consumer and his or her family. Consumers and their families
are viewed as partners in the treatment team, with expertise in the knowledge of their
needs. It is also recognized that in order for treatment to be successful, it is necessary to
encourage the family’s involvement, participation and investment in the ongoing treatment
planning process. Arrays of services must be developed within a spectrum of care, in which
levels of care are integrated in order to work toward the elimination of service gaps.
Networking and collaborating with outside agencies to provide an integrated and balanced
system is seen as critical to effective treatment.
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Meet the AERI Team
Cassi Group, MA Clinical Supervisor of Adult Autism Waiver Services
As the Clinical Supervisor (CS), Cassi maintains clinical oversight of all Adult Autism Waiver
consumers served through all of the offices. Cassi has a passion for working with
individuals of all ages on the autism spectrum. She enjoys implementing and training
others in utilization of various modalities to treat autism. Cassi received her undergraduate
degree from Waynesburg University and her master’s degree from Chatham University. In
August of 2012, Cassi completed her ABA Coursework at Penn State University.
Poonam (Pam) Bhalla, MS and Jamie Ford, M.Ed., Clinical Supervisor
As a Clinical Director, Pam maintains immediate clinical oversight of the Adult Autism
Waiver consumers out of the Lancaster office as well as assists with the administrative
functions within the office. She is a masters level clinician that has worked supporting
individuals with an ASD diagnosis for over four years.
Lydia Aney, BA; Laura Devine, BA, and Cassie Ellson, BS, Family Service Coordinators
The Family Service Coordinators (FSCs) maintain oversight of all administrative functions
within the offices. The FSC is responsible for interviewing and hiring staff, managing
consumer schedules and billing for services and is considered a major support for the staff
and consumers within the Adult Autism Waiver.
Catherine (Cathy) Hughes, Director of Family Support Services
As AERI’s Director of Family Support Services, Cathy’s primary role is to support families
and individuals impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and related diagnoses. She
is available to speak with parents to answer questions and to assist with the process of
procuring services. Cathy also participates in family support and social skill groups, and is
the mother of a young man previously diagnosed on the spectrum. Cathy can be reached at
1-866-727-AERI (2374) or via e-mail at [email protected]
An Explanation of Services Afforded through AERI
AERI Behavioral Health Services is currently recognized as a provider for eight services
that are afforded to participants within the Adult Autism Waiver in the following counties:
Adams, Alleghany, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Centre,
Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Huntingdon, Jefferson,
Juniata, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh,
Mercer, Mifflin, Montgomery, Perry, Philadelphia, Somerset, Venango, Washington,
Westmoreland, and York
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Behavior Specialist Services~ services will provide specialized behavioral support for
consumers who may demonstrate behavioral challenges because of limited social skills,
limited communication skills, or impaired sensory systems. Behavioral Specialist Services
provide specialized interventions that assist a consumer to increase adaptive behaviors to
replace or modify challenging behaviors that prevent or interfere with the consumer's
inclusion in home and family life or community life.
Community Inclusion ~ is designed to assist consumers in acquiring, retaining, and
improving communication, socialization, self-direction, self-help, and adaptive skills
necessary to reside in the community. Community Inclusion facilitates the consumer's
social interaction; use of natural supports and typical community services available to all
people; and participation in education and volunteer activities.
Individual Counseling ~ services will enable the consumer to increase or maintain his/her
ability to perform activities of daily living. The therapy is directly delivered to the
consumer receiving services.
Family Counseling ~ services will provide caregiver counseling for the consumer’s family
to develop and maintain healthy, stable relationships among all caregivers, including family
members, in order to support the consumer. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of
coping skills by building upon family strengths. Counseling services are intended to
increase the likelihood that the consumer will remain in or return to the family’s home.
Family Training ~ is a service available to develop expertise in the consumer’s family so
that caregivers can help the consumer acquire, retain, or improve the consumer’s ability to
live independently.
Job Assessment and Finding ~ are designed to provide support necessary in order for a
consumer to obtain either paid or volunteer work in the community.
Supported Employment ~ Supported employment can offer ongoing assistance in
developing the communication, socialization, self-direction, self-help, and adaptive skills
necessary to maintain employment in a community setting.
Temporary Crisis ~ services will provide additional staff in the short term at a time of
crisis for a consumer when it has been determined that the consumer’s health and welfare
are in jeopardy and existing supports and services cannot be provided without additional
staff assistance. This service is intended for those unforeseen circumstances, which trigger
a need for a time limited increase in support.
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What is the Role of a Behavior Specialist?
Initial Plan Development
• At service initiation, the Behavior Specialist will conduct a Functional Behavioral
Assessment (FBA) in order to develop an individualized behavior support plan to
target identified behaviors.
•
The Behavior Specialist will utilize information obtained from the FBA to develop a
positive behavioral support plan. Interventions detailed within the behavioral
support plan will assist family members and individuals when interacting with the
consumer to facilitate the development of replacement behaviors. Interventions
will be consistent with outcomes identified within the ISP.
•
The Behavior Specialist will develop a crisis intervention plan that details how crisis
intervention support will be available to the consumer. In addition, this document
will outline how that SC and any other waiver service providers will be kept
informed of antecedents to challenging behaviors and the most efficient procedures
to deescalate behaviors.
Direct Support
• The Behavior Specialist will provide training and consultation to the consumer in
the purpose, objectives, methods and documentation of the behavioral support plan
and/or revisions of the plan.
•
The Behavior Specialist will provide training and consultation to family members,
friends, waiver providers and other support providers in the purpose, objectives,
methods and documentation of the behavioral support plan and/or revisions of the
plan in the presence of the consumer.
•
The Behavior Specialist will provide crisis intervention supports directly to the
consumer in response to a behavioral episode manifesting with such severity that
the lack of immediate intervention could result in placing the consumer and/or
others within the immediate vicinity in serious jeopardy including, but not limited
to institutionalization and/or incarceration of the consumer or damage to personal
property.
Consultative Support
• The Behavior Specialist will provide training and consultation to family members,
friends, waiver providers and other support providers in the purpose, objectives,
methods and documentation of the behavioral support plan and/or revisions of the
plan in the presence of the consumer.
•
The Behavior Specialist will monitor and analyze data collected during the
implementation of the behavior support plan.
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•
If determined necessary, the Behavioral Specialist will modify the behavior support
plan. If behaviorally indicated through data analysis, the Behavioral Specialist could
include a new FBA.
•
The Behavior Specialist will provide crisis intervention supports to both informal
and formal caregivers in response to a behavioral episode manifesting with such
severity that the lack of immediate intervention could result in placing the
consumer and/or others within the immediate vicinity in serious jeopardy
including, but not limited to institutionalization and/or incarceration of the
consumer or damage to personal property.
Crisis Intervention Support
• An on-call Behavior Specialist will be available for crisis intervention support 24
hours a day, 7 days a week.
What is the Purpose of Community Inclusion?
Community Inclusion is designed to assist consumers in acquiring, maintaining and
generalizing communication, socialization, self-direction, self-help and adaptive skills
necessary to effectively reside in the community. The goal of Community Inclusion is to
facilitate the consumer’s social interaction, use of both natural supports and community
services and participation in education and volunteer activities.
Activities provided within this service are aimed at improving a consumer’s ability to
independently perform:
• Activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, eating, mobility and using the toilet)
• Instrumental activities of daily living (communication, survival skills, cooking,
housework, shopping, money management, time management and use of
transportation)
Although the Community Inclusion staff may provide personal assistance in completing
both activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living, the goal is to reduce
the level of consumer reliance on direct support in an effort to increase overall level of
independence. In order to achieve these goal objectives, Community Inclusion staff will
provide on-site modeling of target behavior(s), behavior support, intensive behavior
episode intervention, training, cueing and/or supervision.
What is the Purpose of Counseling?
The goal of counseling services is to enable the consumer to increase or maintain their
ability to effectively complete activities of daily living.
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What is the Purpose of Family Counseling?
Family Counseling provides caregiver counseling for the consumer’s family as well as their
informal support network with the goal of developing and maintaining healthy and stable
relationships among all caregivers in order to effectively support the consumer. Family
strengths are capitalized on in order to facilitate the development of coping skills.
Reunification is the goal of Family Counseling – to maintain or return the consumer to the
family home.
What is the Purpose of Family Training?
Family Training is designed to facilitate the development of expertise in the consumer’s
family and informal care network so that they have the skills needed to help the consumer
acquire, retain or improve the skills that increase the consumer’s ability to live
independently. Training topics are limited to the following areas:
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Communication skills
Stress reduction
Self-direction
Daily living skills
Socialization
Environmental adaptations
*Please note that training related to the behavior support plan and/or crisis intervention
plan is provided by the Behavior Specialist.
What is the Purpose of Job Assessment and Job Finding Services?
Job Assessment and Job Finding are designed in order to assist the consumer in
obtaining/maintaining gainful employment or volunteer work. Job Assessment involves
the identification of feasible places of employment for the consumer based on information
gained from completing a job profile. The job profile details the consumer’s work history,
interests, strengths and recommendations for employment. Job Assessment also includes
scheduling and facilitation of “job tryouts” to assess if the consumer will be successful in a
particular work or volunteer environment. Job Finding involves the successful placement
of a consumer in either a paid or volunteer role for at least 30 calendar days.
What is the Purpose of Temporary Crisis Services?
Temporary Crisis Services provide additional staff support during times of crisis when it
has been determined that the consumer’s health and welfare is in jeopardy and that
existing supports are not sufficient to deescalate the situation. These services are intended
to be utilized for unforeseen circumstances that warrant a time limited increase in support.
Temporary Crisis staff will assist the team in implementing the behavior support plan in
order to stabilize the consumer.
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AERI Behavioral Health Services is committed
to the safety of all team members…
What can I expect from AERI’s employees in terms of physical restrain?
• AERI is a non-seclusion/non-restraint agency that does not use and subsequently
does not train staff to utilize these approaches. What this means is that our staff will
not perform physical restraints on a consumer to restrict your movement and our
staff will not seclude anyone in a locked area.
•
AERI responds to aggressive and assaultive behaviors through the assessment and
treatment planning process that occurs at intake and throughout treatment. An
individual crisis plan will be created to address any unsafe behaviors, for consumers
who receive Behavior Specialist Services. The team will look at antecedent
strategies to reduce episodes of aggressive and assaultive behaviors as well as
teaching strategies to support a consumer during challenging situations. Seclusion
and restraint are not included in this crisis plan.
•
AERI will respond to emergency circumstances that present imminent risk. An
example of such would be a consumer running into a busy street when cars are
approaching. In a situation such as this, the employee would attempt prevention by
reaching for the person and attempting to block them from harm. Given the
definition of an emergency procedure, all emergency procedures are time-limited.
Employees involved in emergency situations will follow through with consultation
with a supervisor and contacting 911 as necessary.
What is AERI’s policy regarding weapons, drugs, and smoking?
• Possession of unauthorized weapons, alcohol, smoking, or illegal drugs are
prohibited in the workplace.
•
As our services take place across settings such as the office, your home, the
community, etc., “workplace” encompasses all of these locations. AERI employees
are prohibited from possessing any of these items while working. Employees are
prohibited from smoking when providing direct services to consumers.
•
In order for all team members to enjoy a safe experience, AERI expects families to
also refrain from possession of these items during sessions.
Thank You For Your Inquiry!
Thank you for your inquiry into our agency and our services!
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We hope that our Referral Handbook has proven to be an insightful source for you as you
continue to seek out a provider of services within the Adult Autism Waiver.
Regardless of who you select to provide your chosen services, we wish you all the best.
We will continue to be here for you and your family if you have additional questions.
To inquire further about services, please contact:
Cassi Group at (724) 961-0632 or [email protected]
Visit our website: www.aerionline.com
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