The Authority provides Intellectual Disabilities services through the Intellectual Disabilities Director, the Group Home Project, and the Community Skills Center.
The State Department of Mental Health and the Authority jointly fund the position of Intellectual Disabilities Services Director to maintain a referral and service information capability; to provide counseling for persons with developmental disabilities and their families; to provide educational activities concerning intellectual disabilities in the community; and to assist other agencies in developing specific, needed services for persons with intellectual disabilities in the region. The Intellectual Disabilities Services Director also provides planning, consultation, advisory, administrative and monitoring services for programs for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities directly operated by the Authority.
GROUP HOME PROJECT
The Group Home Project is a residential program for adults and male adolescents with intellectual disabilities. It is funded by the State Department of Mental Health, Authority local funds, room and board fees charged to residents and special funds made available through a construction grant to a subsidiary of the Jefferson County Association for Intellectual Disabiled Citizens from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. There are five homes which provide training within a homelike atmosphere with supervision and guidance provided by a trained staff. The homes are located in the City of Birmingham and the Project provides the necessary supportive, habilitative and rehabilitative services that might be required by a resident. The maximum total resident population for the five group homes is 45.
In addition to the group home project, JBS operates 4 specialized 3 bed home for individuals dually diagnosed with intellectual disabilities and mental illness. One home serves individuals dually diagnosed with mental illness and intellectual disabilities. The other three homes serve individuals recently outplaced from the Glenn Ireland II Developmental Center and are representative of the Ireland facility closing. The purpose of these homes, which are all located in Jefferson County, is to help previously institutionalized "Wyatt-Stickney" individuals make a successful return to the community, providing whatever supports are necessary.
The Authority also operates 2 apartments in the Birmingham area for individuals diagnosed with intellectual disabilities. One apartment is home to one individual and two individuals share the second apartment. The purpose of these apartments is to allow individuals previously living in a group home setting to return to the community with as much independence as possible while providing a necessary support system.
During FY 93-94 the I.D. Community Skill Center became operational due to the availability of mental health bond money. The building located at 161 East Park Circle, has allowed the Authority to expand its service capability from 30 to 60 individuals. The following services are offered:
(1) Day Training - the Authority, through a contract with the State Department of Mental Health, provides day training to individuals with intellectual disabilities from both the group homes and the community. Its purpose is to provide intensive habilitation training that emphasizes skill acquisition in developmental areas including, but not limited to, training in economic self-sufficiency, self-care, self-direction, receptive/expressive language, learning, and capacity for independent living. The focus of training is intended to enable the individual to reach his or her maximum potential which would allow movement to the most individual setting.
(2) Day Activity - the purpose of the adult day activity is to provide activities which emphasize a wide range of skill maintenance and development which may include social skills, self-care skills and/or other identified needs which assist adults to remain as individual as possible. The focus of the service is intended to provide planned activities to enable the individual to maintain previously acquired skills/behaviors and prevent regression.
(3) Supported Employment - supported employment is competitive work in integrated work settings for persons with the most severe disabilities for whom competitive employment has not occurred. Through a contract with the State Department of Mental Health, an employment specialist works with these individuals, instructing, preparing and obtaining jobs for them.