Employment and Community Service Standard 5.A – Children and Adolescents Specific Population Designation


Information is gathered from families about each child/youth served that includes, as relevant to the scope of services provided:

  1. Developmental history, such as developmental age factors
  2. Motor development and functioning
  3. Health history and status, including:
    1. Medical
    2. Physical
    3. Mental
    4. Social/emotional
    5. Immunization
    6. Prenatal exposure to alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
  4. Culture/ethnicity, including specific needs and preferences
  5. School history
  6. Communication functioning, including:
    1. Speech
    2. Hearing
    3. Language
  7. Visual functioning
  8. Learning style
  9. Intellectual functioning
  10. Family relationships
  11. Interactions with peers
    1. Environmental surroundings
  12. History of use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
  13. Past exposure to trauma
  14. Assistive devices or technology, if used
  15. Coordinated information if dealing with multiple systems or other current service providers for the child/youth
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The methods used for gathering information are appropriate with respect to the child’s or youth’s:

  1. Age
  2. Development
  3. Culture
  4. Education
  5. Functional limitation, if applicable
  6. Language/communication skills and abilities
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Information gathered is shared with families in understandable terms so they can make informed decisions.

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The program works with family members to identify the following regarding the development of their child or youth:

  1. Strengths
  2. Resources
  3. Priorities
  4. Expectations
  5. Activities that might be beneficial
  6. Concerns
  7. Perceived barriers
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Program staff identify with the family:

  1. Family values to be considered in services
  2. The amount of involvement that the family desires on an ongoing basis
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Areas considered in identifying needs of each child/youth served, as relevant to the scope of service provided, include:

  1. Healthcare
  2. Nutrition
  3. Physical activity
  4. Safety
  5. Education
  6. Emotional/behavioral
  7. Mobility and functional independence
  8. Child development
  9. Social and leisure
  10. Others, as identified
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As appropriate to the scope of services, individualize services are provided based on:

  1. The identified needs of the child/youth served
  2. The desired outcomes of the family
  3. Information gathered
  4. Results from and responses to previous services and supports, if applicable
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Educational opportunities are available for the family to learn about:

  1. Child development
  2. Aspects of disability, as appropriate
  3. Futures planning
  4. Community resources, including availability of support groups
  5. Parenting skills
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Service personnel receive training that covers, as appropriate to the scope of services:

  1. Child growth and development
  2. Behavior support skills
  3. Learning styles
  4. Social and emotional needs
  5. The effects of separation and placement on children
  6. Health and nutrition
  7. Applicable legal issues
  8. Methods of communication
  9. Crisis situations
  10. Family support practices
  11. Other specific needs
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If providing early intervention services, the program provides guidance and/or information to families to support their child’s acquisition of:

  1. Motor skills development
  2. Physical health and development
  3. Physical fitness
  4. Social development
  5. Intellectual/cognitive development
  6. Speech and language development
  7. Creativity
  8. Emotional development
  9. Safety
  10. Self-care
  11. Identity development
  12. Proper nutrition and growth
  13. Independence and self-determination
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When the services disrupt the child’s or youth’s day-to-day educational environment, the service provides or makes arrangements for the continuity of his or her education.

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Based on the needs and age of each child/youth served, or as required by law, an educational professional or transition specialist is a member of the planning team.

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If educational services are provided, they:

  1. Are appropriate to the child/youth served
  2. Meet applicable legal requirements
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If services are provided outside the home, the service environment is configured appropriately to meet the needs of the child/youth served, including:

  1. The physical site
  2. The furniture
  3. Any equipment used in services
  4. Environmental factors
  5. Assistive technology, if utilized
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The organization does not exclude children or youth from services solely on the basis of their juvenile justice status.

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When a child/youth served moves to a school or other community service, transition planning/information is provided in a timely manner:

  1. To the family
  2. To the new service provider, with consent of the child/family
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The organization conducts criminal background checks on all personal providing direct services to children or youth.

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The program assists family members to optimize resources and opportunities as desired through:

  1. Community linkages
  2. Enhanced social support networks
  3. Outreach to encourage involvement
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If residential services are provided, there are separate areas for beds for children/youth served according to their:

  1. Age
  2. Gender
  3. Needs
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If residential services are provided, the in-home safety needs of the child/youth served are addressed with respect to:

  1. Environmental risks
  2. Abuse and/or neglect inflicted by self or others
  3. Self-protection skills
  4. Medication management
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If residential services are provided, the organization provides opportunities for visits, when appropriate and in compliance with applicable laws and court orders, with:

  1. Family members and significant others
  2. Peers
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