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Resources for Providers

We believe that sharing ideas and resources helps providers to be at their best, and ultimately improves the quality support for all people involved in the DD system. In that spirit, we are glad to share some of the tools that we have developed (and adapted with collaborators) over the past few years.

Our emphasis in on person-centered thinking, responding to trauma, and supporting unique people to thrive in community settings. All of the information provided is current in the state of Ohio according to our best knowledge, but rules and best practices are in constant flux, and we can make no guarantees.

Individual Plan Tools (ICF-focused)

Individual Plan for ICF's: A person-centered plan form that also meets ODH requirements for ICF's.

IP Snapshot: Copy the most important information from the individual plan into a snapshot for quick reference by staff

CFA: a Comprehensive Functional Assessment for ICF's

HRC Approval Form (ICF): A form for Human Rights Committees. It separates "Risk of harm-level restrictions" (those that DODD considers restrictive) from "Other restrictions" (measures that DODD does not see as restrictive, but that ODH might want to see approved by the committee, such as psychotropic meds for a DSM diagnosis, environmental modifications, and adaptive equipment)

ICF Quarterly Review: including a section at the end to meet the requirement of 90-day reviews for plans that contain restrictive measures

Integrated Behavior Assessment: A person-centered assessment for behavior support needs. Addresses details from the behavior support rule and from IAF requirements. Can be used to identify a risk of harm, or simply to identify what a person needs to feel safe, connected, and in control.

Training Materials

Activity Continuum: A short training on getting people involved in activities one step at a time.

Activity Ideas for People with Profound I/DD: A list of activities that are practical, engaging, and age-appropriate for adults & teens who have profound I/DD.

"Failure to Report" Skit: A training tool to emphasize a DSP's role as a mandated reporter

Person-Centered Behavior Support Training: A powerpoint to train team members on meeting people's behavior support needs through person-centered thinking. Even individuals with the most challenging support needs can thrive when they are supported by people who value them as a person.

Visual Supports

"I Need" Board: To help people make requests

Simple Visual Schedule: A sample 3 step schedule to help someone understand that they have a doctor's appointment, and to support them through the transitions. ("First van ride, then doctor, then McDonald's")

Visual Schedule to Get Through The Morning: An example of a schedule to help someone stay on track getting ready for work in the morning.

More Good Stuff

Adapting Psychotherapy for People with I/DD: Dr. Julie Gentile's notes on meeting the need for therapy (shared with permission)

Feelings Wheel: a neat tool to increase feelings vocabulary, courtesy of Pinterest

Medical Recommendation or Restriction?: A flow chart to help a team figure out if a medical recommendation (such as an altered diet) is restrictive measure per Ohio DODD.

PCT Roll-Out Timeline: Timelines that Rose-Mary used when first converting individual plans to person-centered formats. If your organization is engaging in a similar process, it is possible if you plan out your timeline

Quick Data Sheet: A sample data sheet to get information about a new behavior or potential challenge

Sample Monthly Behavior Documentation: A data form to capture behavior frequency by shift, use of proactive & reactive measures to support IAF scores, and potential psychiatric symptoms.

Sensory Tree: A graphic that shows how our sensory systems are built on each other, courtesy of Pinterest

Stages of Acceptance of the New Behavior Rule: Based on provider and county board conversations in 2015. Perhaps you see your organization's own journey in there. A tool to help identify if people are "stuck" in the process of adapting to the rule.

TRC Summit - Lara Palay Powerpoint:  Keynote presentation from our Trauma Responsive Care Summit, June 2017

TRC Summit - Dr. Stephen Ruedrich Powerpoint: Keynote presentation from our Trauma Responsive Care Summit, June 2017

External Links

Aldridge Palay: The creators of the Trauma Responsive Care Model. Kevin Aldridge and Lara Palay help Rose-Mary to keep the concept of "safe, connected, and in control" at the center of our work

Autism Certification Center at OCALI: "ASD Strategies in Action" is a series of video training modules; and easy one-stop source for best practices in understanding and supporting people on the autism spectrum. Currently free to Ohio residents!

Ohio Telepsychiatry Project: A project of Ohio’s Coordinating Center of Excellence in Mental Illness & Intellectual Disability.  Available for second opinion assessments, or for ongoing telemedicine.

Greystanes on Youtube: A provider in Australia with a wonderful series of video training modules for Direct Support Professionals

Learning Community for Person Centered Practices: A website for people who practice person-centered thinking

Backwards Planning Tools: An approach where you start with a person's desired outcome, and work backwards to figure out how to get there from here.

David Pityonak's Imagine: A website including free downloadable tools for team discussions

NADD: The National Association for the Dually Diagnosed has books, webinars, certifications, and conferences on supporting people who have developmental disabilities co-occurring with mental health issues.

List of Community Contacts: A "crowdsourced" list of community providers (doctors, etc) who have shown skill working with people who have I/DD, created by the regional behavior support technical assistance workshop

Teaching Students with Autism: Free video trainings about working with people on the spectrum; targeted toward schools, but easy to adapt