Enable Welcomes Participants Needing Greater Support

The New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) authorized Enable to provide services to a broader range of individuals with developmental disabilities and more challenging behavioral issues.  With the approval of  Enable’s Behavior Management Manual and Safety Care Training program, Enable is now able to serve a larger variety of consumers with different behavioral needs in its residential and day habilitation programs. Enable staff have been trained to use specialized techniques as well as how to conduct ongoing observation and review. These techniques, which may be more intensive and restrictive in nature, are absolutely necessary at times in order to promote an individual’s success and independence.

 

 

Enable’s qualified Behavior Specialists assist individuals in achieving self-regulation and appropriate behaviors by developing their individualized Behavior Support Plans. All plans adhere to the guidelines outlined in the DDD-approved Behavior Management Manual and are approved by Enable’s Director of Behavioral Support who is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. The next level of review and approval is by Enable’s Behavioral Support Committee. The third level of review is by Enable’s Human Rights Committee (HRC). Enable’s HRC, which includes members of the public, reviews and approves the Level II and III plans.

 

 

Enable’s Director of Quality Assurance, Louis Moserowitz, chairs the Human Rights Committee. “Our goal is to ensure that all our program participants can be as independent as possible. Enable staff and community volunteers work together on the committee to verify that the supports necessary to making that happen are provided,” he said.

 

All Enable direct care staff receive specialized Safety Care Training. “This is a specialized behavior support safety training and crisis prevention program which is designed to ensure that the individuals we serve receive the finest quality care possible,” said Ashley Rallis, Director of Behavior Supports at Enable. “We strive to integrate people with disabilities into the community. We develop individualized plans using de-escalation and preventative measures if needed; restraints are only a last resort. We want to set individuals up for success, not failure. For example, if someone is not comfortable with crowded areas, we will take them out to the park, instead of the mall.”

 

 

For more information on Enable services for persons with disabilities, please contact Tamika Lucas, Admissions Coordinator, by phone at 609-987-5003 x 113, or email tlucas@enablenj.org.

 

 

 

 

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