Green Options for Independence, LLC

Website: http://
Currently serving individuals with developmental disabilities.
Currently seeking referrals.
Agency Provider

Locations

1660 Amesbury Avenue

Toledo, Ohio 43612
Main: (419) 250-0401
Adult Day Service Location
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Contacts

Barbara Sabin

goindependence@yahoo.com
Phone: (419) 250-0401
Adult Day Service Contact

Services

Individual Budget/Private Pay

Supported Living

Individual Budget/Private Pay: Adult Day Services

Adult Day Support
Supported Employment - Community
Supported Employment - Enclave

Level One Waiver

Home Maker Personal Care
Transportation

Level One Waiver: Adult Day Services

Adult Day Support
Supported Employment - Community
Supported Employment - Enclave

Individual Options Waiver

Community Respite
Home Maker Personal Care
NonMedical Transportation Mileage
Transportation

Individual Options Waiver: Adult Day Services

Adult Day Support
Supported Employment - Community
Supported Employment - Enclave

Self Empowered Life Funding Waiver (SELF-Waiver)

Community Respite

Self Empowered Life Funding Waiver (SELF-Waiver): Adult Day Services

Adult Day Support
Supported Employment - Enclave

References

Name: Melissa Mayfield
Phone: 419-450-4635
Address:
Email:
Name: Jody Stoner
Phone: 419-290-4551
Address:
Email:
Name: Lorie Born
Phone: 419-245-4351
Address:
Email:

Documents

Agency Profile

a) Describe your agency’s philosophy of providing services and supports to individuals with disabilities.

Green Options for Independence is a day/vocational habilitation program for young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. The program is a "green" concept because the participants will have the opportunity to work in a greenhouse, community garden, or reusing, refurbishing and repurposing items. They will have the opportunity to develop a personal microenterprise business related to a "green" business idea or an area of their own choosing . Participants will also have the opportunity to work in the community with appropriate visual, social, or job coaching supports as needed. Green Options for Independence will also focus on teaching self-determination and social interaction skills so participants can choose their own programming options while increasing self-esteem. The program will use technology and video modeling as much as possible to teach independence, scheduling and communication skills. The participants will use personal technology such as iPods or iPads, etc. with personalized timed schedules and communication apps to increase language and independence which is a significant barrier for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.

b) Describe your agency’s staff orientation and training process.

New staff will be paired with veteran staff for a minimum of 2 weeks to learn the programming and supports needed specific to each individual participannt. Behavior support plans and required board training must be completed before orientation process begins. Each new staff person will be reviewed at 30, 60 and 90 days to continue employment, as well as yearly evaluations.

c) How are individuals with disabilities involved in selecting the agency’s staff that work with them?

Individual preferences of participants regarding working with certain staff will be considered in selecting staff. Staff interactions with participants will be monitored for consistency and professionalism to determine staffing assignments.

d) Describe your agency’s availability and flexibility in scheduling services and supports (days and hours available, areas of Lucas County willing to provide services, etc).

Services are currently available from 9am to 3pm Monday through Friday. Flexibility in hours of service provided will be considered on a case by case basis.

e) Describe how services will be provided in the event of an agency staff illness or emergency.

In the event of an emergency, a substitue certified staff member will be called in.

f) Describe how your agency would address individual or family concerns.

An interest inventory will be completed at intake as well as a skills assessment with the input of the parent/guardian and the SASS to determine what placement would suit the individual. Personal preferences will be integrated into the daily programming. Any concerns of the individual or family would be discussed and addressed on an ongoing basis.

g) Describe your agency’s specific strategies for increasing community inclusion and involvement for individuals served.

Green options volunteers in various locations throughout the community as well as agency collaboration with other service organizations.

h) Does your agency offer one to one services?

Yes

i) Does your agency offer planned group outings or activities?

Yes

j) Identify your agency's areas of expertise.

The Director has a Masters Degree in Special Education and 15 years of experience teaching students with autism as well as supervising a school for 90 children with autism for 6 years. She has a 20 year old son with autism. The Director has many years of hands on personal experience working with individuals with autism and other disabilities and will use that experience to ensure that participants have appropriate sensory supports, social stories and other emotional/behavioral supports and a semi-controlled environment to alleviate any issues. Visual supports, scheduling, sensory needs and increased independence will be addressed at all times in all phases of programming.

k) How many individuals does your agency serve in Lucas County?

0-20

l) What is the total number of individuals served by your agency Statewide?

2

m) How long has your agency been providing certified homemaker personal care services in Lucas County to individuals with developmental disabilities?

0 to 3 years

n) Which describes your agency:

For Profit

o) Are your agency staff certified by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to provide medication administration?

No

p) Is your agency willing to provide Level One services?

Yes

q) How many staff in your agency provide direct support services?

1

r) Does your agency have both male and female staff?

No

s) What is the average length of service for your agency’s direct support staff?

n/a

t) Describe your agency's plan for continuing education and on-going training for agency staff?

Staff will be initially trained and then participate in a training week in August on CPR, required board training and behavioral, communication and training specific to agency's policies and procedures.

u) Please describe your agency’s internal system for quality assurance.

Yearly consumer satisfaction surveys are done with participants and families. The director reviews and updates policies and procedures throughout the year.

v) Include here any information about the agency that you want shared with an individual, family or guardian that will assist him/her to decide whether your agency is the best choice of provider.

The agency is in the process of filing for non-profit status to be able to accept donations and grants to expand the programming and enhance the lives of participants. The program is designed around individual choice so a participant will decide as much as possible what his program will look like instead of trying to make individual fit into a "ready made" program.

- If yes, describe

Yes one to one services can be offered depending on circumstances. For ADS/VH staffing ratio would have to meet requirements or time to hire additional staff may be needed. HPC is a one to one ratio.

- If yes, describe

Planned outings are scheduled at least monthly. Participants go out to various job sites almost daily.

Adult Day Services

a) Does your agency offer paid employment?

Yes

- Piece Rate

- Hourly Rate

- Other

- Describe your paid employment opportunities.

program is being developed based on individual preferences.

b) Does your agency offer community outings?

Yes

- Describe community outings

zoo, shopping.

c) Does your agency offer recreational/leisure activities?

Yes

- Describe recreational/leisure activities

fishing, movies

d) Does your agency offer volunteer opportunities?

Yes

- Describe volunteer opportunities

Habitat for Humanity, Toledo Botanical Garden, Fire Dept., Church, Humane Society, others being developed.

e) Describe other activities offered

Social Thinking Group facilitated by Speech Therapist, Therapeutic Horseback Riding

f) Does your agency have an established day services site that is in operation?

Yes

- Describe current services

Day/vocational habilitation services

g) Where is your agency’s day service site located?

1660 Amesbury, Toledo, Ohio 43612 located in Central Christian Church

h) What are the typical hours of your agency’s services/supports?

9am to 3pm Monday through Friday.

i) Describe a typical day for an individual who receives your agency’s day services?

Meet at church, go out to volunteer at a community site, come back to center and make lunch, work on projects, goals, or social group.

j) Is your day service agency certified by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, or licensed by the Ohio Board of Nursing to administer medication?

No

k) Does your agency provide non-medical transportation?

No

l) How long has your agency been providing day services in Lucas County to individuals with developmental disabilities?

0 to 3 years

m) Date your agency began providing Adult Day Services (month/year):

5/12

n) How many individuals does your day program serve?

0-20

Does your agency provide Adult Day Services?

Yes