We attended an important meeting yesterday regarding Chris and his transition back into the community. Chris along with his transitions coordinator, team leader and a staff member from his home came from Pinecrest. My dear friend Katie was there in support of us. She has an extensive history of working with developmentally disabled people and has been invaluable in helping us navigate the system. Chris’s supports coordinator Jo from Easter Seals led the meeting.
We reviewed the SIS+ which is a tool the state uses to determine the level of supports that a person needs. For the next year (minimum), Chris will have 24 hour supports. That means he will never be without supervision which we are so thankful for.
Representatives from Options and TARC were there as well. Chris will receive his support staff through TARC. They will also arrange housing and medical care as well as manage his financial needs and other activities. He will be able to make decisions regarding his every day life with their guidance and our input. They will help Chris live as “normal” a life as possible. Options will provide work opportunities for Chris.
We are very pleased with the way the meeting went and with our choices of providers. The staff at Pinecrest have been wonderful. None of us know how long it will be before Chris makes the move back to our area. He wants to live in Hammond and the next step for TARC is locating safe, affordable housing for him.
There are a few programs available that provide financial assistance in obtaining the things he needs as well as deposits so that will be a great help.
We were able to spend some private time with Chris at lunch and then he rejoined the group from Pinecrest for the ride back home.
It looks like the pieces of the puzzle are coming together.