Values & ActionThe Merry Glen Way Training July 2011
What We Will Cover• History of Attitudes/Services to persons with Disabilities
What We Will Cover• History of Attitudes/Services to persons with Disabilities• Merry Glen’s Unique History
What We Will Cover• History of Attitudes/Services to persons with Disabilities• Merry Glen’s Unique History• Residential Guidelines
What We Will Cover• History of Attitudes/Services to persons with Disabilities• Merry Glen’s Unique History• Residential Guidelines• Client (Resident) Services
What We Will Cover• History of Attitudes/Services to persons with Disabilities• Merry Glen’s Unique History• Residential Guidelines• Client (Resident) Services• Positive Behavior Support Planning
What We Will Cover• History of Attitudes/Services to persons with Disabilities• Merry Glen’s Unique History• Residential Guidelines• Client (Resident) Services• Positive Behavior Support Planning• The Merry Glen Way
DD Services Overview• Before 1800’s people put away or absorbed• Attempts to be more humane• Medical Lake first WA state Hospital 1906
One or More of the Following:• Intellectual disability;• Cerebral Palsy;• Epilepsy;• Autism; or• Another neurological or other condition closely related to intellectual disability or that requires treatment similar to that required for individuals with intellectual disability.• AND…
And…• Continued or can be expected to continue indefinitely; and• Results in substantial limitations to an individuals intellectual and/or adaptive functioning.
The Merry Glen Story• 3 Families Seeking a Better way• Kay Epton elected to House• Outpatient from 1961-73• Building in 1973
A Family Cooperative• More than just the resident…a family commitment• Expectations• Understanding that they all must work together
Merry Glen’s MissionThe overall objective of Merry Glen is to emphasize the positive aspects of individual development, while remaining realistic about limitations, to assist individuals in becoming aware of their assets, and, most importantly, the power of their assets.
Merry Glen PhilosophyWe believe in a system that is designed and operated in ways that are consistent with the principles of self-determination. This participant- driven system assures that individuals have the freedom to plan their own lives, authority to control the resources allocated to them to acquire needed services and supports, opportunity to choose their own supports, responsibility for their choices and the consequences of those choices, and the reciprocal responsibility to participate and become contributing members of the community. While these self- determination principles serve as cornerstones of an effective system serving and supporting individuals with developmental disabilities, there are a number of other principles that guide our efforts. These complimenting principles are: a commitment to community integration, dignity, informed choice, rights and systems management.
Non-Profit• Mission to Serve…Only• 501(c) 3 Public Benefit Corp• Contract with State• Historic Underfunding
Unusual Model for Today• Shift to Smaller Setting (2-4 Person)• Not traditional Group Home• Smaller model based mostly on cost, “truthiness”, not evidence-based practice
DDD Residential Guidelines• Health and Safety• Personal Power and Choice• Status (personal value and positive community relationships)
DDD Residential Guidelines cont.• Integration• Good Relationships• Competence to Manage daily life
Instruction and Support Needs…are based on the individual’s ability to perform tasks that are associated with daily living.Instruction and support may vary from a few hours a month up to twenty-four hour, one- on-one support.
The Support SettingDDD residential support services are designed to offer individualized instruction and support services. Residential options include supported living services, group home, group training home, and supported living services offered for people with community protection issues.
Types of Settings• Supported Living• Group Homes• Group Training Homes (Merry Glen)• Companion Homes• Alternative Living Services
The Merry Glen Way Values• Kindness and Caring• Skill• Reliability• Teamwork
The Choice You Make Today What working environment Do I choose to create?
Values to Ethics• How we believe determines how we act − Scarcity vs. Abundance − A kind world or an unkind world − Anything is possible or I could never do that
Moving Forward• 90% of problems are SYSTEM problems, not people problems − Training, − Expectations & standards, − Tools & resources, − Isolation/repetition