Services for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
We provide services throughout the State of Rhode Island for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities that qualify for services through the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH). Services include Shared Living Arrangements, Community Based Day Services and Community Based Support Services.
Shared Living Arrangements
Shared Living provides supports for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities in the residence of a qualified, contracted provider. The Shared Living home is a cooperative sharing of space and supports between adults, where an individual becomes part of the fabric of the provider's life, family, home, and community. Shared Living providers may assist with daily living skills, budgeting, cooking, medication administration, and transportation. We welcome individuals currently receiving BHDDH funding wishing to explore an alternative to group home living.
Community-Based Day Programs
Individualized day programs emphasize community integration and the building of natural supports. Direct Support Professionals support an individual towards self-sufficiency, developing vocational skills, promoting communication, and creating meaningful activities that increase participation within the community. We stress the importance of partnerships with the individual, the family and/or caregiver, and the community in working towards maintaining personal independence. Our multidisciplinary team plans activities to meet the individual specific health, safety, social, and employment goals. By working with the individual, family, and community, we can assist individuals to become productive members of their communities.
Community-Based Support Services
Available to individuals who do not receive residential supports, but, rather live with their families, in their own homes, or in the community. Supports may include personal care, homemaking, transportation, respite, assistive technology, and minor home modifications. Supports augment an individual’s and/or family’s existing support system. Participants may receive up to 40 hours of supports weekly in or out of the participants residence. Supports are designed to achieve and or maintain increased independence, productivity, enhance family functioning, activities of daily living, inclusion in the community, as well as homemaker and medical supports not covered by the participant’s health plan.
Melinda is the State Director in Rhode Island. Melinda holds a Masters in Management with a concentration in Healthcare Administration from New England College in Henniker, NH. Since 2001, Melinda has dedicated herself to the human service field. Prior to working at LifeConnections, Melinda served as the State Director for LifeShare Management Group.
Melinda is compassionate when serving the social, emotional and environmental needs of others. Her strong background in quality assurance and program compliance is evident in her role. She enjoys being well organized, dedicated and resourceful. She resides in Barrington with her husband and two children.
Crystal is the Program Director of Shared Living in Rhode Island with over twenty-two years’ experience in the Human Services field. Through hard work, determination, and a passion for the individuals in which she supports, Crystal has grown throughout her professional career and has worked in day, employment and residential programs.
Crystal holds a National Certification in Employment Services from Rhode Island College. Crystal is also a Critical Incident Investigator trained by the Office of Quality Assurance in Rhode Island. In her current role, she oversees the licensing and day to day operations of our shared living homes and is eager and determined to assist in the growth and development of shared living services in Rhode Island.
Contact us today:
2374 Post Road
Warwick, RI 02886