Individuals admitted into HopeTree DDM programs shall meet certain admission criteria. An application and supporting documentation must be completed and submitted for consideration prior to admission.
According to our operating license, the applicant must have a primary diagnosis of Developmental Disabilities/Intellectual Disabilities. This diagnosis must be documented as originating prior to the age of 18. It is generally thought to be present if an individual has an IQ test score of approximately 70 or below.
“Intellectual disability is a disability characterized by significant limitations in both intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior, which covers many everyday social and practical skills. This disability originates before the age of 18.”
(American Association of Intellectual and Development Disabilities-AAIDD)
The applicant must also be:
• Eighteen (18) years of age or older
• Able to have their medical/health needs managed on an outpatient basis
• Agreeable to participate in services offered.
• Compatible with others.
• Able to benefit from group interaction and participation with peers and/or staff
• Involved in appropriate daily activity, such as a job, supportive or sheltered employment, day support or other productive involvement
• Free from alcohol and/or drug addiction and willing to live in a tobacco free home.
• Not harmful or dangerous to self, others, or property, nor have a pattern of criminal behavior
• Able to ambulate with assistive devices and transfer self with minimal assistance by DDM staff.
• Capable of exiting from the home/building with minimal assistance in the event of an emergency
• Refrain from sexual behaviors which would be disruptive to others.
• Aware of the Christian mission of the agency.
An applicant for services must have a source of funding for Group Home, In-Home or Respite Services. Presently, funding sources for DDM services include the Community Living Waiver or private pay funding. In-home services are also covered under the Individual and Family Waiver. Information concerning Waiver eligibility should be discussed with the local Community Services Board. Private pay funding is assessed by Executive staff after a review of the applicant’s assets and resources.
Family support and involvement in the overall program are considered desirable and necessary. Family visits and communications are encouraged. DDM strives to enable participants to develop and maintain positive adult relationships with family and friends. DDM staff consistently model and teach social skills, problem solving skills.