Examples: “Caring individuals” may include mentors, community members, friends, classmates, peers, siblings, cousins, grandparents, former foster parents, and extended family members.
The organization encourages social and community integration through the development of life skills necessary to:
navigate the surrounding environment;
pursue educational and occupational opportunities;
access community resources such as banks, employment agencies, government offices, and recreational and educational organizations;
access social or public assistance;
communicate effectively and resolve conflicts;
participate in recreational activities and/or hobbies; and
prepare for discharge and family reintegration, independent living, or another less restrictive setting, if applicable.
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.
The organization evaluates residents for their ability to participate in athletic activities and obtains as necessary:
a written, signed permission slip from the resident's legal guardian;
a medical records release;
a signed document from a qualified medical professional stating that the resident is physically capable of participating; or
an adult waiver and release of liability.
NAThe organization does not offer athletic activities to residents.
The organization offers employment opportunities or employment-related training to residents and:
makes reasonable efforts to match training and employment opportunities to the goals and interests of individual residents;
paid job opportunities are completely voluntary; and
a policy prohibiting exploitation of residents is maintained.
NAThe organization does not provide employment-related training or jobs to residents.
Organizations that purchase services from providers that operate adventure-based activities with a significant degree of risk request proof of accreditation, licensure, or certification with a nationally recognized authority for the activity being conducted.
NAThe organization does not purchase services from providers that operate adventure-based activities.