Supported LivingAssisting people to live in their own homes
Supported Living Services (SLS)
People with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities have the right to access assistance and supports to live a valued life in the community. They also have the ability to contribute to their respective communities if given the opportunity. We stand by this belief by offering specific, personalized services to people with all types of disabilities, so that everyone may live in their own homes and be active community members. Support is specific for each individual’s needs, interests, and desires. Support is provided in whatever intensity, duration and frequency required. Supported Living Services are offered for as long and as often as needed, with the flexibility required to meet a persons’ changing needs over time.
It starts with JNCS employees learning about an individual and their hopes, dreams, desires as well as any needs for assistance and support. This is the discovery process. Family members, friends, co-workers and other important stakeholders provide their insight and reflections. This discovery process allows us to develop an Individual Support Plan, which is our “agreement” with the person and his/her family on developing a personalized action plan.
Each individual receiving services from JNCS works with a Circle of Support comprised of the person being supported, family, friends, associates, allies, and other community members the individual chooses. The circle of support meets every four to six weeks depending on the person’s choice. The circle meetings are facilitated by the individual or a circle member of their choice.
The circle of support uses a holistic approach to develop a person-centered plan that helps the individual achieve their dreams. Decisions made by the individual as well as the circle members include deciding which support staff to hire or terminate, what individualized day-to-day support is appropriate for the individual, what back-up and emergency support is needed, and many other decisions, which comprise the individual support plan. This model maintains the individual’s control over his/her life.
The Five Principles of SLS
- A Home of One’s Own
- Choice and Self-directed
- Community Membership
- Flexible, Tailored Supports
People with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities have the right to access assistance and supports to live a valued life in the community.
Our organizational training department at Jay Nolan Community Services has a threefold mission. First, to provide training to new employees so that they are equipped with the information and skills they need to be successful on the job. Second, to provide ongoing training and skill set that aid in the professional development and retention of incumbent staff. And third, to develop and create events and opportunities for community outreach through our educational programs and advocacy involvement.
The Self-Determination Program is a program maintained by the Department of Developmental Services which allows individuals (or their parents or legal representatives) the freedom to choose the support services and the provider that meet the needs of their personal-centered plan. All participants are responsible for staying within their annual budget.
Jay Nolan Community Services (JNCS) is dedicated to supporting everyone’s goals of gainful and meaningful employment. The menu of Employment Services is designed to meet people where they are in their journeys.
Starting in 2018, Jay Nolan Community Services has collaborated with the innovative Uniquely Abled Project (UAP), which shifts the paradigm of thinking from “disabled” to “uniquely abled.” JNCS and College of the Canyons (COC) work together to identify and train individuals to participate in the CNC training program through the Economic Development Division at COC through the Uniquely Abled Academy (UAA).
We know that healthy family relationships are the foundation to realizing a great life! That is why at Jay Nolan Community Services (JNCS), we believe in keeping children with autism and other developmental disabilities with their own family whenever possible.
The Independent Living Services (ILS) program at Jay Nolan Community Services (JNCS) is designed to actively teach adults that are currently living in or will be moving out into their own homes, or need to become more independent while living in the family home. Direct instruction may include daily living activities such as maintaining a house and going to medical appointments.