Children’s Residential Services meet the residential and behavioral needs of individuals with severe autism, who have difficulty functioning in a public school setting, community setting, and in the homes of their families. We provide 24 hour treatment, focused on the Individuals unique needs and captured in a Person Centered Treatment Plan. Intensive training is provided to our individuals served in behavior management, communication skills, social skills, activities of daily living and community involvement, to assist them in becoming as independent as possible and to foster appropriate interactions in a community setting. We collaborate with JCIDDA, the ID/DD 310 Board case managers, and the Department of Human Resources social workers, if applicable, to develop and review our Individuals served Person Centered Plans of Care (POC) and to develop transition plans for individuals exiting the program to ensure appropriate placement to their home setting or to adult day and/or subsequent residential programming.
Between 28 and 33 individuals are placed in the Children’s Residential services long term residential care program. The children reside at Reynolds House, McDonough House, Harper House or Drummond Center. The expected length of stay is until this is no longer their least restrictive environment or until age 21. These individuals attend Alan Cott School during the day (Monday – Friday). Male and female children and adolescents, between the ages of 6-19 are eligible for placement consideration.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA AND INDIVIDUALS SERVED
- Individuals must be between 5 and 19 years of age
- Clearly defined primary diagnosis of:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Schizophrenia/other psychoses with intellectual disability
- Intellectual Disability with associated behavioral disorders
- Serious emotional Disturbances with intellectual disabilities
- Ability to participate in the staff to individual served ratio of 1:3, no more than 1:1
- Parent or guardian must abide by the Parental Participation Contract
- Support by the Local Education Agency (LEA) as the least restrictive alternative setting.
- Presence of at least three of the following criteria:
|Poor self-control||Child abuse victim|
|Cruelty to animals||Depression|
|Inappropriate aggressive behaviors||Anxiety|
|Angry/Hostile temper tantrums||Homicidal/suicidal ideations|
|Running Away||Irrational fears|
|Destructiveness||Attention seeking behaviors|
|Poor school performance||Encopretic/enuretic|
|Truancy||Low frustration tolerance|
|Manipulative Behaviors||Defiance of authority|
|Sexual maladjustment||Inadequate social skills|
|Assaultive behaviors||Dysfunctional family relations|
Individuals may be excluded from the program if they possess any of the following criteria:
- Medical conditions that will require constant licensed medical supervision or highly specialized medical care.
- If they are diagnostically or clinically inappropriate.
- The individual needs/benefits from an academic program rather than a functional program, i.e. can read, spell, and benefits from general education curriculum
- If severe profound intellectual disability versus autism is the major diagnostic issue.
- If the individual is in need of additional and/or more intensive collaborative services that we can provide –OT, PT, speech and Language, etc…
- If the individual is not ambulatory or cannot be appropriately accommodated.
- If there is a lack of custody clarification
- If socialization and imitative skills are present and public and /or a lesser restrictive environment has not been tried
- If parent/guardian wants an inclusive opportunities with non-disabled peer unless there is an opening in one of the community placements
- If the individual cannot be served in a 1:3 staff to individual ratio or require more than a 1:1.
- The development of a medical condition that requires constant licensed medical supervision or highly specialized medical care that must be provided by a licensed medical practitioner
- Aging out of the program at 21 years of age
- The inability to function in the program with a 1:1 staffing
- The presence of dangerous behaviors that cannot be managed with the Behavior Intervention Plan
- The recommendation by the treatment team that placement is no longer appropriate
- Specified discharge criteria are met.
Rikki Thomas (M.Ed LPC)
150 Glenwood Lane
Birmingham, AL 35242
Contact: Lisa Braxton
Telephone: (205) 795-3203