Individuals, aged 21 years and older, with an intellectual and/or developmental disability may qualify for the following services:

Day Habilitation, Community Inclusion Services, Behavioral Supports, Community Based Supports, Natural Supports Training, Respite, Prevocational Training, Employment Support and Career Planning.

DAY HABILITATION: This program is provided during the day time and designed to support individuals with the following services:

  • Building problem solving skills
  • Daily living skills
  • Safe, therapeutic leisure and peer socialization
  • Self-care/self-help and adaptive skills acumen 
  • Interpersonal competence & greater independence awareness
  • Community choices with guidance

COMMUNITY INCLUSION SERVICES: We deliver Community Inclusion Services in a group setting of six or less participants.  

  • Provided outside of a participant’s home
  • Designed to support and assist participants in educational, enrichment or recreational activities

BEHAVIORAL SUPPORTS: Intervention modalities that relate to an identified challenging behavioral need related to the individual’s developmental disability and/or that are necessary for the individual to acquire or maintain appropriate interactions with others.

Services may include: 

  • Diagnostic evaluations or consultations
  • Behavioral interventions
  • Individual and/or group counseling
  • Assessments
    • Stabilization
    • Structured planning
      • Development
      • Implementation
      • Training for staff and caregivers including behavioral aides
      • Periodic reassessment of plans
      • Supervision throughout the process

COMMUNITY BASED SUPPORTS: Services that provide direct support and assistance for participants, with or without the caregiver present, in or out of the participant’s residence, to achieve and/or maintain the outcomes of increased independence.

  • Services delivered 1:1
  • Training and assistance provided by expert personnel
  • Supervision and guidance with self-basic care, social skills, and activities of daily living

NATURAL SUPPORTS TRAINING: Educational and counseling services for individuals who provide unpaid support, training, companionship or supervision to participants. For purposes of this service, individual is defined as: “any person, family member, neighbor, friend, companion, or co-worker who provides uncompensated care, training, guidance, companionship or support to a participant.” 

Training includes:

  • Instruction about treatment regimens and other services, use of equipment (as specified), and updates as necessary to safely maintain the participant at home. 
  • Counseling is aimed at assisting the caregiver in meeting the needs of the participant. 

Natural Supports Training may be delivered to one individual or may be shared with one other individual.

RESPITE SERVICES: Taking care of an individual with a disability or I/DD is a huge responsibility. Respite Services are designed to provide families with expert care for their loved one when relief of duty, supervision or temporary assistance may be needed.

  • Respite may be delivered in multiple periods of duration such as partial hour, hourly, and daily; with or without overnight services
  • Respite may be provided in the participant’s home, a DHS licensed group home, or another community-based setting approved by DHS

Why is Respite Service Important?

As a parent and caregiver, you are often required to give intensive care and supervision 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. There are many things that can be impacted by this level of dedication:

  • Job performance
  • Attending other children’s events
  • Spending quality time with your spouse or support system
  • Errands and appointments
  • Emergencies

PREVOCATIONAL TRAINING: Services that provide educational and work experiences, including volunteer work. The goal is for the individual to develop strengths and skills that contribute to general employability in paid integrated community work environments. Supports are delivered in a face-to-face setting, either one-on-one with the participant or in a group of two to eight participants.

Services may include:

  • Training in effective communication with supervisors, coworkers and customers
  • Training with generally accepted community workplace conduct and dress
  • Training in ability to follow directions
  • Training in ability to attend to tasks
  • Training in workplace problem solving skills and strategies
  • Training in general workplace safety and mobility training

CAREER PLANNING: Career planning is a person-centered, comprehensive employment planning and support service that provides assistance for program participants to obtain, maintain or advance in competitive employment or self-employment. 

  • Career planning is a focused, time-limited service engaging a participant in identifying a career direction and developing a plan for achieving competitive, integrated employment at or above the state’s minimum wage.
  • The outcome of this service is documentation of the participant’s stated career objective. The career plan then used to guide individual employment support.
  • If a participant is employed and receiving supported employment services, career planning may be used to find other competitive employment more consistent with the person’s skills and interests or to explore advancement opportunities in his or her chosen career.

INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT: Activities needed to help a participant obtain and maintain an individual job in competitive or customized employment, or self-employment, in an integrated work setting in the general workforce for which an individual is compensated at or above the minimum wage, but not less than the customary wage and level of benefits paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by individuals without disabilities. 

  • The service may be delivered for an intensive period upon the participant’s initial employment to support the participant who, because of their disability, would not be able to sustain employment without supports.
  • Supports in the intensive period are delivered in a face-to-face setting, one-on-one. The service may also be delivered to a participant on a less intensive, ongoing basis (“follow along”) where supports are delivered either face-to-face or by phone with the participant and/or his or her employer.
  • Services are individualized and may include but are not limited to: training and systematic instruction, job coaching, benefit support, travel training, and other workplace support services including services not specifically related to job-skill training that enable the participant to be successful in integrating into the job setting.

SMALL GROUP EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT: Services and training activities are provided to participants in regular business, industry and community settings for groups of two to eight workers with disabilities. Services may include mobile crews and other business-based groups employing small groups of workers with disabilities in employment in the community. 

  • Services provided promote integration into the workplace and interaction between participants and people without disabilities. 
  • Services may include but are not limited to: job placement, job development, negotiation with prospective employers, job analysis, training and systematic instruction, job coaching, benefit support, travel training and planning.

TRANSPORTATION: In order to for participants to gain access to services, activities and resources provided by ASun Star, as specified by the Service Plan transportation is provided and does not replace medical transportation (if applicable).