4.18 ICF – Community Integration
Community integration is defined as encompassing the full participation of all people in community life. Community integration is supportive of the basic civil rights of personal freedom, choice, and self-determination.
Our agency’s mission is inspiring life journeys and our vision is cultivating valued roles for all people. These were developed with a focus on principles of community integration which provides meaning and purpose. Community integration is designed to help persons to optimize their personal, social, and vocational competencies and live successfully in the community. We believe that all persons served are active participants in every aspect of their plan. We strive to reflect individual choices, desires, needs, and preferences in all areas of services.
Community Integration Best Practices
Open Door has embraced the following principles for community integration:
- ALL individuals should be able to make their own decisions about their lives with the support of those that they choose
- ALL service plans must reflect a person-centered, individualized approach
- ALL individuals should be afforded the opportunity to live, work, and fully participate in their community if they choose
- Empowering and supporting each individual as they try to reach their chosen goals in life and their community
- Building alliances and opportunities for partnerships in the community
- Nurturing relationships and cultivating valued community roles for all people
Open Door will assist with identifying and removing barriers that delay or prohibit the individuals’ ability to have full participation in society. These barriers often include transportation, mobility, societal, attitudinal, resource, and physical factors which require support.
Personal Interest Assessment
Open Door completes a personal interest assessment with each individual (and those that they choose to have participate) at least once per year. The purpose of the interest assessment is to identify their choices and desires regarding participation in the community. This assessment is utilized during Person-centered planning to ensure that the individual’s desires and choices are clearly identified and included in the plan.
The QIDP and all staff work with each individual to offer a variety of community experiences each month based on their unique interests and desires. In order to ensure that staffing, transportation, and money/resources are available for community experiences, a Community Experience Planning form will be completed in advance for each community experience to assist with the coordination of all needs.
Community Experience forms are readily available through the Open Door website employee hub so that they can be used at any time and any place. When submitted, the form automatically is routed to the team and payee for coordination.
Staff will document the ICF Recreation, Wellness, and Community Experiences Form when they assist individuals with community goals. The staff will indicate whether the experience was offered, participated in, or refused; the date of activity; the individual’s response to the activity; a description of the activity, and a picture, if consent is on file.
Travel with Family, Friends, and Volunteers
Open Door encourages individuals (unless prohibited by plan) to travel with and visit family, friends, and approved volunteers. These visits should be planned through the team based on the individual’s desires and should be documented on the Out of Facility Form, which is then routed to the Nursing Department, designated QIDP, apartment staff, and accounting.
Rebecca Sharp Porter
Chief Executive Director
Last Revised: 4/29/22