The following is an array of services available to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. It is the philosophy of the Intellectual Disabilities Division that our consumers should have the best possible opportunity to become active and productive members of the community. It is our desire to preserve and promote a continuum of quality services, under the least restrictive environment, to meet the needs of all persons with intellectual disabilities in El Paso County.
Admissions provide the individual an opportunity to be exposed to all services offered through EHN and receive information on eligibility criteria for the programs, as well as other available resources in El Paso County. The Core Admission Team consists of a Social Worker and a Registered Nurse and is the first point of contact for individuals seeking intellectual disabilities services. Individuals are advised of all available supports and services which include the entrance criteria, advantages and disadvantages of programs as well as information about EHN’s commitment to the least restrictive environment. Individuals must be El Paso County residents, at least (3) years of age, have a diagnosis of intellectual disabilities and request services from EHN.
Responsiveness to individuals with intellectual disabilities is maximized through a supportive relationship with a Service Coordinator, who provides care and treatment based on the individual’s setting. All services and supports are through the Interdisciplinary Team process and with total consideration to the least restrictive environment. Service Coordination is a core service which provides an individual served by EHN with a single accountable staff person who ensures to the greatest extent possible that the individual is served. Each individual’s must meet eligibility criteria as defined by DADS Case Management Operating Instructions.
Intellectual Disabilities Eligibility Determination provides evaluations or verification of an evaluation for individuals believed to have an intellectual disability. Determination is made based on the individual’s Intellectual Level of Functioning and the Adaptive Behavioral Level. Individuals must be El Paso County residents, at least three years of age, suspected of or known to be intellectually challenged with onset prior to 18 years of age and seeking supports and services in the community.
Rehabilitation services is a consumer-driven, integrated system of delivery that meets the needs and choices of individuals with a diagnosis of mental illness and intellectual disabilities. Rehabilitative services are provided on a one-on-one and small group setting. Services include assisting and supporting the individual in managing symptoms, training the individual in the skills needed to cope with the demands of the individuals chosen environments, modifying characteristics of the environment when necessary and strengthening or developing social support networks.
Supported Home Living is provided to individuals living in their own home or natural (family) homes. These services include provision of assistance, training and support necessary for the individual to complete personal care, health maintenance and independent living tasks (participate in community activities, develop, retain and improve independent skills). This service includes providing transportation to facilitate the individuals participation in community activities and use of typical community services. Services are primarily provided on a one-to-one basis to the individual and/or family either in their home and/or in a community setting. Service components are based on individual need.
The Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability (ICF/IID) program is a community-based residential service option provided in homes with six or fewer individuals. This ICF/IID program provides similar services provided in an HCS residential home. The services include staff available to assist individuals with identified needs, access to medical care, the opportunity to attend Day Habilitation or similar programs, and participation in community activities.
If you choose to access the ICF/IID residential option, you are able to keep your current placement on interest lists for home and community-based waiver services, such as HCS, Texas Home Living, Community Living Assistance and Support Services, and Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities programs.
For information about the ICF/IID program, please visit: www.dads.state.tx.us/services/intellectual/getservices.html. Information at www.dads.state.tx.us/providers/icf/search/index.cfm allows you to search ICFs/IID homes with vacancies by county, city or zip code. It also lists any special services or areas of expertise.
If you are interested in this residential option, contact EHN at our General Services number (915) 887-3410. We will assist you in applying for the service. The application process for admission to an ICF/IID involves sharing an individual’s diagnosis and medical and support needs with ICF/IID providers to ensure they have the appropriate services and resources to best meet an individual’s needs.
Respite provides/secures services for center-identified individuals who are eligible according to the DADS priority population for intellectual disabilities. Respite In-Home includes services provided in a person’s home to relieve other family members or primary care providers of their responsibilities for providing care on a temporary basis for a short period of time. Respite Out-of-Home is designed to provide care to and supervision of individuals outside of their usual residence. The MR Respite promotes contracting out of the home respite services to qualified providers. The provision of service delivery is based on appropriated funds, availability of bed space and the ability of the contracted provider to meet the needs of the identified respite recipient.
Supported Employment Services are intended to lead to employment. The intent of these services is to assist consumers in securing individualized competitive employment by offering support in choosing, obtaining and maintaining employment in community businesses. The duration of the supported employment services may vary.
This program provides an alternative for consumers not participating in full-time vocational training. This service includes activities designed to assist in the acquisition, retention, and/or improvement of adaptive skills. Training is provided in the areas of skill acquisition, community inclusion, and general activities.