Community Living of Rhode Island, Inc., provides 24-hour Residential Support Services to individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. This program is designed to afford enormous opportunities for Service Recipients or Participants to live successfully in their communities with Dignity, Respect, Safety and full participation. Here at Community Living, we design some environmental and programmatic safeguards that protect the Participants, our neighbors and community members to the extent possible; from behaviors that pose a risk to people or property and/or interfere with the rights of others. Our structured homely environment affords the Participants the opportunity to make positive choices, resolve or manage behaviors that require intensive intervention and supervision.
CLRI Residential Programs provides shared support services to three or four adult individuals living together in the comfort of their homes respectively; in accordance with Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) regulations. In all our Residential Programs, support services are tailored to individuals’ needs, with adequate Care, Skills Training and Supervision in a less restrictive setting. Our Support Services include assistance with improvement in skills related to Activities of Daily Living ADL; Behavior modification plans, Management of Aggressive Behaviors, Employment search and Job retention, Education and learning skill, Social and Sexuality skills training.
Generally, support services in all CLRI Residential programs are Person-Centered which foster and maintain independence by creating an environment that provides as many opportunities as possible for an individualized experience of a wide range of natural community settings in our local communities.
- Alternative Residential Setting (ARS) Since “Variety is the Spice of Life”, our Alternative Residential Setting complements that quote; by establishing the most desired cost effective and innovative living arrangements ever. A choice that is individually centered, ARS is becoming the wave of the future. This is a living condition where two or three individuals live together as roommates in a three bedroom apartment model. They share a common well furnished living room for relaxation, kitchen and varieties of living amenities.
This apartment model living condition removes such stigma like the traditional group home, and provides Residents the opportunity to live in middle class apartment complexes, enjoying all the recreational amenities that come with it. In line with our operational model, CLRI design this apartment model for the best interest of the Residents considering geographical locations, Age, interests, physical ability, and the level of support needed by each room mate. All these matching factors help CLRI in determining the best fit of support arrangements needed from one apartment model to another. When roommates share commonalities on a daily basis, it improves socialization and everyday quality of life.
- Independent Living (Family Support): This support is designed to include assessment of individual needs and implementation such as: Assistance in Adaptive daily skills, Job development and interview building skills, Seeking admission to schools and providing supports while at classroom taking lectures. CLRI help the Participants in maintaining and securing decent homes or apartments. We support individuals in keeping up with their activities of daily living such as: house chores, medical runs and grocery shopping, self grooming, food preparation and exercises while seeking new opportunities in their lives. We facilitate circles of support to encourage the development of employment goals for individuals; as they continue to have fun in pursuing their dreams.
- Shared Living Arrangement (SLA): Another segment of Support Services available at Community Living of Rhode Island is the Shared Living Arrangement SLA. Community Living of Rhode Island is Certified by Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals (BHDDH) as an Authorized Placement Agency to help provide another type of Residential Support Options for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities. These individuals reside with and receive customized supports from someone who has contracted with the Authorized Placement Agency (CLRI) to be a Home Provider for that Individual in compliance the State of Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Health Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals Rules and Regulations.
This type of Supports services in the Developmental and Mental Health Disabilities system are designed to provide a safe environment that allows individuals with intellectual Disabilities to meet their fullest potential and to be included in the everyday fabrics of our society. Shared Living Arrangements can have a significant positive impact on outcomes and the quality of life for individuals with diverse disabilities. While the benefit to the individual is the driving force behind this option, there are other notable benefits as well. All individuals with disabilities benefit from the increased community awareness of the value, potential and many contributions people with disabilities can make to their communities.
Community Living, as the Authorized Placement Agency for Shared Living will administer the program and recruit individuals as Shared Living Providers. Note! The role of the Shared Living Provider however, is not the same as the traditional foster care role of providing basic care in a family atmosphere. A Shared Living Provider’s role entails that of an advocate, friend, mentor and support provider, who will not only share their home with a person with Intellectual disability, but will assist the individual with connecting to the community, teaching new skills, developing friendships and making life choices that will lead to a satisfying, safe and productive lifestyle for the individual. Shared Living is highly personalized and offers individuals a greater opportunity to choose the person(s) with whom they will live and have greater control of how they will live day-to-day.
- Respite Services: Respite Care Support Services is an integral segment of Community Living support system that meets the emergent needs of the Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and their family members. This support system gives family members the opportunity to take a break from the daily challenges of caring for their loved ones with intellectual disabilities. It also provides a safe haven or a place to turn for the needed support to the Individuals with Disabilities that are finding it difficult to live alone or with others in the community. We provide this temporary support services for varying length of time, in line with BHDDH approval methodology.