How to make a referral?
An individual is referred to Shen-Paco either through the local Community Services Board, Department of Social Services, Department of Rehabilitative Services, Department of Blind and Visually Impaired, School System, Veteran Affairs, or other agencies.
What happens after the referral?
Every individual that enters Shen-Paco's program must have some type of funding source. Once a referral is made, the individual needs to be assessed as to what type of funding the individual has at that particular time. If the individual has Medicaid Waiver, DD Waiver, or EDCD Waiver, the individual can enter the program once the assessment and paperwork have been filled out and processed.
A Situational Assessment process can be conducted within the integrated setting to review the individual's vocational strengths, abilities, needs and preferences. The assessment period allows the individual to experience the various work tasks and activities available within Shen-Paco's programs. At the end of the assessment period, an assessment report is completed and reviewed by all parties involved, including agency staff, individuals and their family members and representatives, referring agency staff, and other community agency staff providing services to the individual. Recommendations for program placement, Work Adjustment Training or possible competitive employment/supported employment are discussed and an Individual Service Plan is developed.
Work Adjustment Training
Shen-Paco's work adjustment training program is developed to move individuals towards more demanding, less restrictive work opportunities as their skills increase.
Majority of the work are provided in-house within the integrated setting, however, opportunities for individuals to perform remunerative work in a variety of integrated settings also take place such as mobile work crews and enclaves which provide janitorial services to local businesses.
Recommendations for program placement, additional Work Adjustment Training or possible competitive employment/supported employment are discussed and an Individual Service Plan is developed once training time has been completed.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
Mickie Duncan, Program Director, Shenandoah County
Barbie Sharp, Program Director, Page County