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  1. Supports Coordinators and Considerations Our Role and How to Ensure the Loop is Closed By: Aisha K. Williford

  2. The Purpose of IM4Q “The purpose of IM4Q is to collect information from individuals with intellectual disabilities, so improvements can be made to the quality of life for those who use and support the services.”

  3. Why IM4Q is Important? IM4Q plays an important role in the lives of individuals for many reasons. • IM4Q meetings allows individuals to express issues or concerns that they may not feel comfortable sharing with their friends, families, Supports Coordinators etc. • IM4Q team members are advocates for those that may need additional support. • IM4Q team members can be an extra voice for individuals that may have a difficult time speaking up for themselves.

  4. Why the SC’s role with IM4Q is Important? • Supports Coordinators need to continue to be an advocate for the individual to guarantee the voice of the individual is still is being heard. • The Supports Coordinator confirms that the information presented by IM4Q is valid for the individual and tries to remedy the concern discovered by the IM4Q team.

  5. Why the SC’s role with IM4Q is Important? • The Supports Coordinator develops responses to IM4Q considerations to address any concerns discovered at an IM4Q monitoring. • The Supports Coordinator continues to follow-up with individuals after the consideration has been fulfilled to ensure the individual is truly happy.

  6. The Supports Coordinator Role When IM4Q considerations are entered in HCSIS, the SC has four key task to complete. • Review considerations in HCSIS. Check your HCSIS alerts daily! • Read the considerations thoroughly and discuss the considerations with the team to develop an action plan. • Formulate a response that addresses all of the issues presented in the consideration. • Ensure that the response “closes the loop”.

  7. Closing the Loop? IM4Q endeavors to positively change peoples lives. In order for this to happen, the IM4Q response has to “close the loop” to make certain the individual acquires what he/she stated in the consideration. The response that the Supports Coordinator writes must include how the consideration will be resolved and when the consideration will be resolved.

  8. How to Ensure the Loop is Closed There is only one way to ensure the loop is closed and that is done by writing a thorough response for which the reader has no questions to ponder at the end of the response.

  9. What’s a Thorough Response? A great response has these characteristics….. Has excellent details. Always mention in the response, if this issue has been addressed before. This shows that the SC has been aware of this issue, and both the team and the SC is working on a resolution for this issue.

  10. What’s a Thorough Response? A great response has these characteristics….. The response is readable. We do not profess to be Shakespeare, but simple and correct grammar is key to an excellent response.

  11. What’s a Thorough Response? A great response has these characteristics….. The response shows a willingness by the SC to follow-up and “close the loop”. Let’s look at some considerations to see if the loop is closed………………

  12. Consideration #1 Consideration Theme: Work/ Employment/ Meaningful and Purposeful Activity Consideration: Individual is currently practicing his reading skills in hope that it will enable him to progress in his job. Are there other skills he could develop that would enhance his employment opportunities? Response: “Consumer’ is a very intelligent man that has the potential to do a number of different jobs. During SC monitorings, the Supports Coordinator only hear praises of fine work from ‘Consumer’ coworkers and supervisors. ‘Consumer’ has been reading and recognizing words and has been able to comprehend what those words mean. ‘Consumer’ has the potential to do work other than janitorial services at his current place of competitive employment. ‘Consumer’ has often mentioned wanting to become a cashier, where he can interact with customers more and be able to utilize his social skills. The team feels that while working on his reading skills, ‘Consumer’ should work on becoming more competent with his math skills. The team feels that ‘Consumer’ could become more competent with his math skills by utilizing flash cards ( that was purchased on April 2, 2013) and practicing math problems in workbooks ( that was purchased on April 3, 2013). ‘Consumer’ is excited to learn and is ambitious and driven to climb the company ladder. The SC will continue to follow-up during monthly monitorings to ensure this consideration is still being worked on.”

  13. Loop Closed? YES NO

  14. The Loop is Closed Response: “Consumer’ is a very intelligent man that has the potential to do a number of different jobs. During SC monitorings, the Supports Coordinator only hear praises of fine work from ‘Consumer’ coworkers and supervisors. ‘Consumer’ has been reading and recognizing words and has been able to comprehend what those words mean. ‘Consumer’ has the potential to do work other than janitorial services at his current place of competitive employment. ‘Consumer’ has often mentioned wanting to become a cashier, where he can interact with customers more and be able to utilize his social skills. The team feels that while working on his reading skills, ‘Consumer’ should work on becoming more competent with his math skills. The team feels that ‘Consumer’ could become more competent with his math skills by utilizing flash cards ( that was purchased on April 2, 2013) and practicing math problems in workbooks ( that was purchased on April 3, 2013). ‘Consumer’ is excited to learn and is ambitious and driven to climb the company ladder. The SC will continue to follow-up during monthly monitorings to ensure this consideration is still being worked on.”

  15. Consideration #2 Consideration Theme: Personal Rights, Competence Enhancement and Growth Consideration: Individual does not have a photo ID. Has his staff considered getting him a state-issued ID to carry when he leaves home? Response: The team feels that this is a good idea. The team will gather the information needed, i.e. birth certificate, to complete the process for obtaining a non driver’s ID for Damion.

  16. Loop Closed? NO YES

  17. The Loop is NOT Closed Consideration: Individual does not have a photo ID. Has his staff considered getting him a state-issued ID to carry when he leaves home? Response: The team feels that this is a good idea. The team will gather the information needed, i.e. birth certificate, to complete the process for obtaining a non driver’s ID for Damion. This response is not complete because there are unanswered questions that have not been addressed by the Supports Coordinator. How can we make this response better? Lets take a peek…..

  18. Closing the Loop on Consideration #2 Consideration Theme: Personal Rights, Competence Enhancement and Growth Consideration: Individual does not have a photo ID. Has his staff considered getting him a state-issued ID to carry when he leaves home? Response: The team feels that this is a good idea. The team gathered the information needed, i.e. birth certificate, to complete the process for obtaining a non driver’s ID for Damion by August 21, 2012. Damion’ s staff assisted him at the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles on August 24, 2012. Damion was able to obtain a photo ID on this day. Damion has mentioned that he is happy that he has his identification now, and that he carries his ID around with him proudly. The Supports Coordinator will follow-up during next monitoring to ensure that Damion is still using his ID. By adding more information into the response, the SC was able to close the loop on this consideration.

  19. Consideration #3 Consideration Theme: Health/ Well Being Consideration: Individual would like to go to a barber shop. Who will assist the individual to taking a trip to the barbershop of his choice? Response: The team understands Michael’s desire to visit a barbershop to get his hair cut. SC has addressed this consideration of Rickardoe to his team. The team informed the SC that Michael’s hair is cut on a weekly basis, by residential staff. When SC inquired why his hair is being cut by staff, the team noted that it’s easier for Michael and staff to cut his hair at home, due to his limited mobility. The SC has researched barbershops in the vicinity of Michael’s home, and found that, Vince’s Barber Shop, in Newtown Square, Pa., is wheelchair accessible. This will allow Michael’s desire to be fulfilled. Michael visited the barbershop on March 3, 2013 and enjoyed his experience at the barbershop and even met new friends. Michael’s next barbershop appointment is for March 18, 2013. Moreover, during monthly monitorings, the SC has never noted that Michael’s hair was not groomed. Michael’s appearance and grooming habits are well maintained.

  20. Loop Closed? YES NO

  21. The Loop is Closed Response: The team understands Michael’s desire to visit a barbershop to get his hair cut. SC has addressed this consideration of Rickardoe to his team. The team informed the SC that Michael’s hair is cut on a weekly basis, by residential staff. When SC inquired why his hair is being cut by staff, the team noted that it’s easier for Michael and staff to cut his hair at home, due to his limited mobility. On February 20, 2013 the SC researched barbershops in the vicinity of Michael’s home, and found that, Vince’s Barber Shop, in Newtown Square, Pa., is wheelchair accessible. This will allow Michael’s desire to be fulfilled. Michael visited the barbershop on March 3, 2013 and enjoyed his experience at the barbershop and even met new friends. Michael’s next barbershop appointment is for March 18, 2013. Moreover, during monthly monitorings, the SC has never noted that Michael’s hair was not groomed. Michael’s appearance and grooming habits are well maintained.

  22. QUESTIONS???