Please join us this Friday by Zoom for a special SMACT meeting - Janet Hinchee-Barns will be with us at 1:00. We will share video messages and remembrances from colleagues, and appreciation for her many years of leadership in SMACT and transition services in Maine. If you haven't added your message yet for Janet, please record here, it's quick and easy:
Afterwards we will revisit a popular SMACT presentation from November '20 on adaptive driving and view the video presentation by Heather Shields, OTR/CDRS an occupational therapist, driving instructor and certified driving rehab specialist. Learn about driving evaluations for students with special needs, Vocational Rehab Services that support driver evaluation, adaptive equipment and individualized driving instruction. We will also view videos on driving and Autism, and a driver training app.
Join in a group discussion and please bring a "muddle" for group brainstorming if you have one!
See the attached flyer for more info. The meeting link is below:
Workforce Win Wins - The DSP Academy For People With Disabilities
Discover more about an innovative program aimed at training people with disabilities to become certified Direct Support Professionals (DSP).
Thursday, December 9, 2021. 1:30 - 3:30 pm
“The DSP Academy”, is a customized vocational training program that creates opportunity at the crossroads of two critical issues facing our field: the workforce shortage of DSPs & high unemployment rates for people with disabilities.
RCM was facing high DSP turnover rates while hearing from self-advocates that they wanted meaningful employment. Through a partnership with the DC Department of Disability Services the DSP Academy was realized.
The academy models theories of employment first, demonstrating through actions that people with disabilities are workers & contributors. RCM used principals of customized employment to create a program that starts with discovery, uses individualized training techniques, & ends with intentional job matching & job development.
PRESENTED BY SUSAN BROOKS, RCM of WASHINGTON
Susan Brooks is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and is the Chief Innovations Officer at RCM of Washington. Prior to taking on this role Susan served as the Operations Manager for 5 years. Growing up with a sister who had Cerebral Palsy, she found her passion supporting and advocating for people with disabilities early in life.
Currently, Susan runs numerous customized programs within RCM such as The DSP Academy, Guided Group Discovery, #ReadytoWork, and others.
Susan is actively involved with the Coalition of Disability Service Providers, the ANCOR Leadership Academy and the Person-Centered Thinking Community of Practice. She currently sits on the Restrictions Control Review Committee (RCRC) at the Department on Disability Services and Special Olympics DC Family Engagement Committee.
Innovative Scheduling and Compensation to Grow Your Workforce with GoodLife U
Thursday, November 18, 2021 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm (EST)
Now more than ever, agencies cannot afford any instability within the workforce. Labor costs are rising at an unprecedented rate fueled by a dramatically shrinking DSP workforce, increases in both functional minimum wage and insurance costs, and now the COVID pandemic. Organizations face turnover rates exceeding 50%. Reliance on part-time staff is excessive, representing nearly 30% of the workforce (and over 40% of residential services) with the highest turnover rates.
New and safer considerations must be made for how to share staff across sites and organizations must urgently learn how to reduce the number of different people involved in care in order to protect those served. The solution includes innovative schedules that offer front/back and premium pay strategies that powerfully and positively impact DSP wages, capacity to work extra, stability, consistency, overall costs, etc.
In a 40-year collaboration with the University of Kansas, GoodLife has developed strategies to help people with I/DD live with greater independence, while also improving the lives of the DSPs who make this possible.
GoodLife U offers a comprehensive toolbox for measuring and addressing organizational (in)stability amidst the direct labor crisis. Strategies for payroll/benefits, scheduling, neighborhood and without-walls staffing, vacancy coordination, hiring how-to, policy, and funding will be discussed and attendees will receive a review of several impact studies. At GoodLife (and a growing number of agencies across the country) these labor strategies have been put into action and have resulted in lower turnover, an increase in wages for DSPs by $1.40/hr (avg.), fewer vacancies, less reliance on part-time staff, fewer different people involved in care (resulting in higher quality care), improved stability, and more
PRESENTER: MIKE STROUSE
Dr. Strouse is the President/CEO of GoodLife Innovations and its subsidiaries, including iLink Support Technologies, and also holds a courtesy faculty appointment with the University of Kansas Department of Applied Behavioral Science. His work encompasses research, development, and dissemination of evidence-based, nationally-regarded, community service models which include cutting edge technologies
MACSP and ANCOR Member: $35 Non-MACSP or ANCOR Member: $5
Wednesday, 11/19 at 12:00 PM
Join the Autism Society of Maine and Bangor Savings Bank to introduce ABLE accounts in Maine. The webinar will walk you through who is eligible and how to start an account.
Click here to register.
Important Public Comment Periods Open Now
There are currently two opportunities to offer public comment to the Maine Department of Education on important changes to the law for Chapter 33 (law overseeing Restraint and Seclusion) and Chapter 115 (law credentialing of education personnel).
As a result of LD 1373 the law governing the use of Restraint and Seclusion in our schools for all children is changing. The new rules are outlined in this document and highlight the changes. The public comment period is now open and the deadline to provide your feedback is December 3rd. This form provides you with the opportunity to provide you input on specific areas of the new law. This is an opportunity for you to offer input on where you feel there maybe needed clarification on definitions, application of the law, documentation, reporting, training and more. There will also be a Public Hearing on November 22nd.
Chapter 115 outlines the required credentials needed for education personnel working within our schools. The proposed changes are outlined in this document. Two important talking point is the reinstatement of Adaptive Physical Education certification and the addition of a certification for Pre-K - 12 (instead of K-12). The public comment period has been re-opened and will remain open until November 29th. Comments can be submitted to Jaci Holmes.
Please direct questions to Carrie Woodcock.
Virtual Information Session
ABOUT THE OPENING ON E STREET, SOUTH PORTLAND
Wednesday, NOVEMBER 17 6:30 pm
Join us to learn more about Specialized Housing, why families have chosen this program for their adult children, how the home ownership model works and next steps to joining the group.
ONLY 1 UNIT AVAILABLE
For Zoom link information, please RSVP to Sarah Robinson at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Southern Maine Advisory Council on Transition
WHEN: FRIDAY, November 5, 2021 TIME: 1:00 – 3:00
Due to the pandemic this meeting will be held via ZOOM.
Join Us for SMACT’s November Meeting Presentation
Area Teen Centers
Our local teen centers provide a safe, free, year round
after school meeting place for middle and high school aged youth.
Join us to learn about these centers, the programs they offer and the people they serve.
Jordan Cardone, Coordinator, Brunswick Area Teen Center
Tina Burns and Timissa Chambers, Coordinators, My Place Teen Center in Westbrook
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The DHHS Bureau of Rehabilitation Services annual publication “BRS Highlights for 2020-2021” has been published and is now available on our BRS webpage.