Other Community Supports
Supported Living Network on-site supports are arranged, coordinated, and largely provided by family teachers (FTs) who are employees of the Neighborhood Network and permanently live within this neighborhood with their own family. The number of FTs living within the neighborhood depends on the number of persons to be supported and their needs. FTs receive a salary and are provided a tax-free home, food stipend, and use of a vehicle for work which maximally leverages funding for services that ebb and flow around individual need. Their sole purpose is to mentor, teach, and support the NN residents. Existing paid and volunteer talent and resources are identified, cultivated, and recruited from within or near the neighborhood to add additional affordable support. In the end, a perfectly selected neighborhood is infused with paid and unpaid caregivers, mentors, health professionals, advocates and friends who provide care and support for its members in need who are part of the NN.
The Communiversity replaces traditional day services and provides expanded recreational opportunities, which are designed to enrich the lives of persons supported by the NN. The Communiversity is a strategic support program that develops, arranges, and coordinates community-focused life-long learning opportunities such as daily life skills, health and recreation programs, volunteering, work, and enriched respite opportunities. In effect, the Communiversity is a home base that acts as a community support service where opportunities are arranged or created, augmented by classes offered at the Communiversity. It also generally serves as a home base for the iLink monitoring station, which supports NN services in a region. The Communiversity is open during regular daytime hours as well as some evenings and weekends since that is when many of the most enriching community activities occur.
REMOTE CLINICAL SUPPORT SERVICES
The NN requires support from health professionals, behavior analysts, and social service professionals that know the persons supported and also understand how to support the NN community living models. For example, Neighborhood Network clinicians and professionals must understand that an enriched life is needed for dependent persons and the families that provide them support. As a result, it is often necessary to strengthen and build the capacity of NN teaching families in order to provide the best services possible.
These professional supports are fully integrated with iLink Support Technologies to provide on-demand remote and in-home professional services. Necessary professional services such as behavioral supports will be provided when and where needed. Staff will be able to push a button to “DVR” or record a challenging behavior as it occurs and then allow remote Board Certified Behavior Analysts® the opportunity to examine a collection of these archived recordings retrospectively (or even in real-time), so that effective interventions can be developed remotely.
Remote sensors for health or behavior needs (elopement, self-injury, health vitals, etc.) will be installed in community homes to alert remote or on-site staff of an emerging need. On-site staff will have the ability to be remotely coached or trained by support professionals through ear-bud technology exactly when that training is needed to better meet a need. These kinds of remote supports are extremely cost-effective because they utilize the skills of the highly paid professionals only when needed, allow clinicians to directly observe instances of challenging behaviors (instead of relying upon second-hand reports), reduce travel time and costs, and provide a means to provide help for families when it is most needed. On-demand, remote clinical and professional support services are a critical component of NN that improves outcomes and reduces costs.