The DDD Scoop (5-27-16)

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Ethics Training Update

Welcome to the latest edition of the DDD Scoop. I want to once again remind all Division staff that annual ethics training is required for all employees pursuant to the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Ethics Training for DDD employees began on May 10. Compliance with this annual requirement is currently at 70% for central office staff. Reminders are being sent to all employees who have not yet completed the training. The last day to complete the 2016 Ethics Training is June 8.

Countdown to the Move

The Bureau of Business Services held a conference call on May 26, 2016 with designated staff from all divisions involved in the move to Iles Park Place. The landlord has decided that the monthly parking cost will be $18.00 per month. Business Services is working with the landlord and the Illinois Department of Central Management Services on the remainder of the logistics. There will be 17-18 security cameras in the parking lot. They plan to provide more information on the parking in the near future. The cubicle furniture will be installed soon, and the plan is to have actual pictures available in the next couple weeks. Going forward, these conference calls will be held weekly. As more information is provided, we will keep all Centrum employees informed.

Employee Appreciation Committee

The Employee Appreciation Committee at Centrum celebrates its One-Year Anniversary on May 29. During the past year, the Committee has held events including Ice Cream Social, Bake Sale, Holiday Luncheon, Chili Cook-Off, and Weight-Loss contest. Last December, the Committee sponsored a holiday gift event for needy families in the Springfield area. The Committee also helps to recognize employees on the occasion of their retirement and chooses an Employee of the Month based on a review of nominations.

The Committee is currently looking for new members. The time commitment is minimal, and no experience is required. If you are interested in joining or would like more information, please contact one of the members: Gina Hopson-Harris, Paul Morell, Stephanie Leach, Bronwyn Rains, Mary Broughton, Ron Cooley, Maria Prewitt, Diane Garbin, Jennifer, Elders, Betty Elliott, Sherry Hinds, Kathy Ward.

Active Treatment

During the first two weeks of May, over 300 attendees participated in one of three webinars conducted by Mary Lou Bourne, Life Choices Initiative consultant, on the topic of moving from active treatment service model to one of supporting individually identified outcomes. The webinars were well attended and generated many questions.

"Active treatment" is used to refer to a comprehensive team approach to identifying skill deficits and teaching those skills and behaviors that allow an individual to function as independently as possible. Continuous active treatment, driven by professional assessments, is the cornerstone of services provided within both public and private intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental disabilities.

Although active treatment is not a requirement for waiver services, Illinois has historically applied active treatment standards to waiver services, as well. While the term "active treatment" does not appear within various rules and documents related to Illinois waivers, many concepts embedded in active treatment philosophy are prevalent, including continuous teaching, professional assessments of deficits, measurable objectives, and independent functioning.

As Illinois moves forward to implement a person-centered planning process for those receiving waiver services, it is important that all providers understand the differences between active treatment and support models of service. The active treatment webinar has been recorded and saved to the DHS website for those who were unable to participate in one of the live presentations. Please see information at this link http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=81882 or contact DHS.DDD.Life.Choices@illinois.gov if you have questions.

Waiver Update

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has informed the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) that it intends to visit Illinois to observe activities within the three Medicaid Waivers for individuals with developmental disabilities. These include the comprehensive Adult Waiver, the Children's In-Home Support Waiver, and the Children's Residential Waiver.

CMS has asked for copies of monitoring schedules. They have indicated they may accompany State staff on routine quality assurance visits and would like to do this between now and the end of September 2016. The Division, through HFS, is providing CMS with its plans for unannounced quality assurance visits during this time frame. At this point, we do not know whether CMS staff will inform us in advance of their visits. They indicated they would like to talk with and observe provider and service coordination staff while on site.

Additional Staff Hours Information Bulletin Update

The Division received numerous comments on this draft Information Bulletin. We appreciate the time that was taken to provide us with this helpful feedback. It is clear that more work needs to be done. We will be assembling a workgroup to work through the concerns raised about the additional staffing hours, and plan to start meeting in June.

State Operated Developmental Center News

The Illinois Department of Public Health's Division of Food, Drugs and Dairies has approved the State Operated Developmental Centers' Food Handler Training Program. The training materials have been distributed to each center's training coordinators, who will coordinate with their Food Service Managers to begin training. Because the program is categorized as a non-restaurant food handler training program, it is not transferrable between employers. Food handler training for those working in non-restaurant facilities such as nursing homes, licensed day care homes and facilities, hospitals, schools, and long term care facilities is good for three years. Patrick Coneff from Kiley Center chaired a workgroup of SODC training coordinators who developed the training.

Choate Center - Facility Beautification Day was held on May 25. All units were provided plants from the Choate Greenhouse. All classes were cancelled so that individuals could participate along with staff.

Choate Center - The facility has been working with a recently discharged individual to make a presentation on the benefits of community placement. The new residential provider and the individual had hoped to have the presentation ready for Facility Beautification Day, but it is now planned for some time in June.

Fox Center - The Center has received a draft report of its Internal Audit from the Auditor General Office. The Center will be issued three very correctible minor audit findings, none of which were related to procurement. Given the turnover of staff in the Business Office due to retirement, the Center considers this to be an excellent result.

Kiley Center - Two individuals were recently admitted from Community Integrated Living Arrangement settings. In one case, the admission was sought for behavioral stabilization, and the other admission was sought for psychiatric and medication evaluation as well as behavioral stabilization.

Kiley Center - On May 15, 2016, the Friends of Ann Kiley Center sponsored a fundraising event at the San Filippo Foundation Place de la Musique. The event was very well attended and the proceeds will go toward activities enjoyed throughout the year by the individuals living at Kiley.

Kiley Center - Social work staff arranged for a guardian to tour the residential and vocational programs of Search, Inc. In addition, a representative from Search, Inc. met with two Kiley individuals who are exploring community residential services with the agency.

Ludeman Center - Ludeman individuals enjoyed a Chicago Sky home game on May 14. This activity was made possible through a generous donation from the Chicago Sky Basketball team.

Ludeman Center - Ludeman will recognize its veterans during a Memorial Day program on May 27. Jerry Stam, Deputy Director, will be one of the speakers.

Mabley Center - Mabley Residents Council hosted Sergeant Mike Wolfley from the Dixon Police Department. Sergeant Wolfley spoke about Safety at Home. He began his presentation by reminding individuals about Fire and Tornado drills and how important it is to remain calm and listen for staff direction. During a discussion on Active Shooter, individuals learned about possible responses: Evacuate, Hide Out or Take Action.

Murray Center - Interviews for the Student Intern position took place on May 17.

Murray Center - Individuals at the Center engaged in bowling, a spring fling dance, and shopping at the new Super Walmart. In addition, 44 individuals enjoyed a night out at the St. Louis Cardinals game. The event included the opportunity to go out on the field and throw out the first pitch.

Shapiro Center - The Kiwanis Club of Brookfield, Illinois donated tickets for the annual Brookfield Zoo trip. On May 24, 2016, 85 individuals - in addition to staff - enjoyed a beautiful day at the zoo. The Center is very grateful for the generosity of the Brookfield Kiwanis Club.

Memorial Day

Finally, I want to wish you and your families and friends a very safe and relaxing Memorial Day holiday. Although the official beginning of summer is still weeks away, for many Americans the Memorial Day holiday is the kickoff to the summer season. I hope that you are planning to spend quality time with family and friends, that you are planning barbeques and picnics, and that you will take full advantage of the warm weather. Most of all, I hope you'll take time out of your busy schedule to celebrate the real meaning of this holiday. My wish is that in between the barbeques and picnics, the hamburgers and hot dogs, and sandwiches that we all find time to remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can continue to enjoy the freedom we sometimes take for granted.

As you enjoy this holiday weekend, please take a moment to pay tribute to the men and women who gave their lives during military service.

John F. Kennedy once said, "The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission."

Have a great weekend!