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4.23 SCL – Religious Observance

The religious preferences of the individual or guardian shall be respected at all times, including the right not to participate in any religious activity. Individuals will not feel obligated to participate in religious activities that are not of their preferences.

Clergy representing the affiliation of the individual will be encouraged to visit the individual in their home in the event that they are unable to attend services in the church and desire visitation.

Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) will provide assistance to the individual in securing access to the individual’s affiliated religion and place of worship. DSPs are to provide transportation to the individual’s church of preference and to supervise the individual while they participate in the service. DSPs do not need to participate in the religious service, but they are required to assist the individuals in their participation. Failure for Open Door employees to assist and provide necessary supports for individual to participate in their religious observance of choice, may result in disciplinary action up to termination of employment. When deemed appropriate by the individual’s ISP, Open Door may provide transportation support by coordinating public transportation, i.e. COTA Mainstream.

Signed by:

Rebecca Sharp Porter
Chief Executive Director

Last Revised: 8/25/21

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