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Mike Angstadt

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Serving as a Team Leader for COA has been an enriching experience in many ways. Utilizing the Contextual Accreditation process to discern the means in which agencies, offering a variety of services, located throughout the US, Canada ,the Philippines and other countries provide best and most promising practices to their consumers has been particularly rewarding. read more>>

Purpose

Group Living Services allow individuals who need additional support to regain, maintain, and improve life skills and functioning in a safe, stable, community-based living arrangement.

GLS 7: Community and Social Connections

Residents cultivate and sustain connections with their community and social support network to promote positive well-being.

Note: Programs serving residents with developmental disabilities should refer to CR 4: The Rights of Persons with Developmental Disabilities.

NA The organization serves residents with developmental disabilities.

Rating Indicators
1
All elements or requirements outlined in the standard are evident in practice, as indicated by full implementation of the practices outlined in the Practice standards.
2
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards; e.g.,
  • Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted, however, these do not significantly impact service quality; or
  • Procedures need strengthening; or
  • With few exceptions procedures are understood by staff and are being used; or
  • For the most part, established timeframes are met; or
  • Proper documentation is the norm and any issues with individual staff members are being addressed through performance evaluations (HR 6.02) and training (TS 2.03); or
  • Active client participation occurs to a considerable extent.
3
Practice requires significant improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards. Service quality or program functioning may be compromised; e.g.,
  • Procedures and/or case record documentation need significant strengthening; or
  • Procedures are not well-understood or used appropriately; or
  • Timeframes are often missed; or
  • A number of client records are missing important information  or
  • Client participation is inconsistent; or
  • One of the Fundamental Practice Standards received a rating of 3 or 4.
4
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards; e.g.,
  • No written procedures, or procedures are clearly inadequate or not being used; or
  • Documentation is routinely incomplete and/or missing; or  
  • Two or more Fundamental Practice Standards received a rating of 3 or 4.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • Procedures for  facilitating social and community connections 
    • Policy that prohibits exploitation of individuals in employment-related training or gainful employment
No On-Site Evidence
    • Interview:
      1. Direct service personnel
      2. Residents
    • Review case records
    • Observe a variety of activities

  • GLS 7.01

    The organization facilitates residents’ ability to access all available services and successfully reintegrate into their community by:
    1. remaining knowledgeable about local, regional, and state resources, including networking and leadership opportunities;
    2. educating the community about the assets and needs of individuals receiving support to attain self-sufficiency; and
    3. identifying and developing opportunities for residents to develop positive ties to the community based on mutual interests and abilities.


  • GLS 7.02

    Social and community connections are encouraged by providing residents opportunities to participate in:
    1. social, recreational, educational, or vocational activities in their community;
    2. religious observances in the faith group or spirituality of choice; and
    3. family and neighborhood activities consistent with his or her ethnic and cultural heritage and tribal affiliation.


  • GLS 7.03

    Residents are helped to develop social support networks and build healthy, meaningful relationships with caring individuals of their choosing.

    Interpretation: “Caring individuals” may include mentors, community members, friends, classmates, peers, siblings, cousins, grandparents, former foster parents, and extended family members.


  • GLS 7.04

    Residents have opportunities to participate in group activities where they can meet, support, and share experiences with peers.

    Interpretation: Opportunities to participate in culturally and developmentally appropriate social, cultural, recreational, and religious or spiritual activities should be designed to expand the range of life experiences.


  • GLS 7.05

    The organization encourages social and community integration through the development of life skills necessary to:
    1. navigate the surrounding environment;
    2. obtain housing;
    3. pursue educational and occupational opportunities;
    4. manage finances;
    5. access community resources such as banks, employment agencies, government offices, and recreational and educational organizations;
    6. access public assistance;
    7. communicate effectively and resolve conflicts; 
    8. participate in recreational activities and/or hobbies; and
    9. prepare for discharge and family reintegration, independent living, or another less restrictive setting, if applicable.

    Note: This standard is applicable for all residents regardless of age. Organizations should tailor life skills training to meet the age and developmental level of the service population.


  • FP
    GLS 7.06

    The organization evaluates residents for their ability to participate in athletic activities and obtains as necessary:
    1. a written, signed permission slip from the resident’s legal guardian;
    2. a medical records release; 
    3. a signed document from a qualified medical professional stating that the resident is physically capable of participating; or
    4. an adult waiver and release of liability.

    NA The organization does not offer athletic activities to residents 


  • GLS 7.07

    Policy prohibits exploitation of residents in employment-related training or gainful employment.

    Interpretation: The organization should make reasonable efforts to match training and employment opportunities to the goals and interests of individual residents.

    NA The organization does not provide employment-related training or jobs to residents.

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