Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (IDD)
The focus of our Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Program is to assist individuals and their families in choosing and accessing quality services and supports that best meet their needs and requests. Our IDD Program accomplishes this by offering an extensive array of services and supports either provided through Gulf Bend Center or through a network of private and public agencies and organizations.
Developmental disability services at Gulf Bend Center require an intake appointment at which time the individual’s history, diagnoses and needs are evaluated.
The parent, legal guardian, primary caregiver or individual may request services or more information by calling Christy Hernandez, IDD Intake & Enrollment Service Coordinator at 361.582.2334. A staff member will gather basic information about the individual, explain the intake process and schedule an initial appointment.
Intellectual and Developmental Services:
Our Intellectual Developmental Disabilities Services provide intervention, therapies and supports throughout a lifetime allowing persons to reach their greatest potential.
Service Coordination: This is a service that provides assistance for an individual in accessing medical, social, educational, and other appropriate services and supports that will help the individual achieve a quality of life and community participation acceptable to the individual.
Community Support: Community supports are individualized activities that are consistent with the individual’s person-directed plan and provided in the individual’s home and at community locations. Supports include:
- Habilitation & support activities that foster improvement of, or facilitate, the individual’s ability to perform functional living skills & other daily living activities.
- Activities for the individual’s family that help preserve the family unit and prevent or limit out-of-home placement of the individual.
- Transportation for the individual between home and the individual’s community employment site or day habilitation site; and transportation to facilitate the individual’s employment opportunities and participation in community activities.
Respite: Respite is either planned or emergency relief that is provided to the individual’s unpaid caregiver on a short-term basis when the caregiver is temporarily unavailable.
Employment Assistance: Provides assistance to an individual in locating paid, individualized, competitive employment in the community, and includes:
- Helping the individual identify employment preferences, job skills, work requirements and conditions; and
- Prospective employers offering employment compatible with the individual’s identified preferences, skills, and work requirements and conditions.
Supported Employment: This service is provided to an individual who has paid, individualized, competitive employment in the community to help the individual sustain that employment. It includes individualized support services consistent with the individual’s person-directed plan as well as supervision and training.
Nursing: Nursing is provided to an individual who requires treatment and monitoring of health care procedures.
Behavioral Support: Specialized interventions by professionals with required credentials to assist an individual to increase adaptive behaviors and to replace or modify maladaptive behavior that prevent or interfere with the individual’s inclusion in home, family, or community life.
- Assessment and treatment by licensed or certified professionals for social work services, counseling services, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, audiology services, dietary services, and behavioral health services other than those provided by a local mental health authority pursuant to its contract with the Department of State Health Services (DSHS); and
- Training and consulting with family members or other providers.
Day Habilitation: This is assistance with acquiring, retaining, or improving self help, socialization, and adaptive skills necessary to live successfully in the community and to participate in home & community life. Day habilitation is normally provided in a group setting on a regularly scheduled basis.
Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability (ICF/IID) program: 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: http://www.dads.state.tx.us/services/intellectual/getservices.html. Information at http://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 Martha Resendez at 361.582.2349 or Christy Hernandez at 361.575.0611, ext. 424. 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.
Please click on the link below for information on our NEW IDD Crisis Intervention Program:
IDD Crisis Intervention