Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD)
We provide services to anyone four years of age and older who lives in Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, or Walker Counties and who is in need of Mental Health and Addictive Disease Treatment.
This is a CARF International accredited program designed to promote independent advancement for persons with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD). In keeping with the agency’s mission to serve and enhance the lives of every member of our community, this program offers many opportunities for those with I/DD.
With over 40 years of experience, the IDD program has an outstanding reputation due to its commitment to providing individualized and community-based support and services. The program provides year-round, quality-driven social, recreational, vocational, and programs.
Through a strength-based approach, a team of dedicated professionals assists individuals and families to achieve goals. Using this process, the team helps each person discover and reach their hopes and dreams for the future. Emphasis is placed on building self-advocacy skills, confidence, and independence.
We recognize that individuals are unique in their strengths, needs, abilities, and preferences. Our person-centered program offers many opportunities for individuals to realize their goals and reach their optimum potential.
The goal of our program is to achieve independence, productivity, and integration into the community by:
- PAES Lab participation
- Community Activities
- Communication and social skills
- Part-time employment
- Full-time employment
- Job Coaching
Family Support Services
- Serves ages four (4) and up
- Therapeutic and recreational activities
- Respite care
- Access to special medical supplies
- Limited medical and dental assistance
- Behavioral consultation and support
Community Living Support
- Life skills training (money management, decision making, cooking, etc.)
- Case management
- Supportive Host Homes
- Integration in a family setting
- Respite care
PAES (Practical Assessment Exploration System) Lab
The PAES Lab provides exploration through hands-on experience, helping individuals identify a job that fits their unique skills and interests. The Lab creates a simulated environment where individuals receive guided practice to help them build problem-solving skills, identify areas of need, and remove barriers to success. It also allows them to experience setbacks in a safe environment and learn how to overcome them. Individuals who participate in PAES gain a thorough knowledge of many job skills, have a better understanding of the real working world, and are prepared for success in community employment.
This program offers the opportunity for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities to be integrated into the fabric of our communities through achieving employment that is meaningful and rewarding. Through job development, we partner with business leaders to identify unmet needs in their companies and match them with an individual who can meet that needs. Staff provides skills training, job coaching, and continued relationships with employers and workers after employment to ensure success. We also connect individuals with SSI/SSDI to a Benefits Navigator who provides information about how working impacts their benefits.
According to the Office of Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD):
- Have an intellectual disability since birth or before age 18, or another closely related condition since birth or before age 22, which requires similar services to those needed by people with an intellectual disability
- Be at risk of going into an institution for people with intellectual disabilities if you do not get the services you need in your community.
Adults (ages 18 and up)
Click here or call the DBHDD Region 1 Field Office toll-free at 877.217.4462 to complete an application for I/DD services.
In addition, an application for Family Support Services may also need to be submitted.
Children (ages 4-17)
A Family Support Services application will be required to determine eligibility.
If you need assistance with these applications, please call 706.375.2142.
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