March is Developmental Disabilities
Awareness Month

Each March, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) partners with Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) to create a social media campaign highlighting the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities.

The campaign seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, as well as awareness to the barriers people with disabilities still face in connecting to the communities in which they live. Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month covers three main areas; education, employment, and community living. Throughout the month of March, these themes will guide weekly content. Every day throughout the month of March, NACDD will also be featuring the artwork of advocates on its social media. Visit NACDD’s Facebook and Twitter to see and share some amazing artwork!

How do loved ones with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities access services?

Individuals may request to be screened for services, care coordination, and the NC Innovations Waiver by contacting Partners at 1-888-235-HOPE (4673) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If an individual’s first point of contact is outside of the Members Services or Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Department, Partners staff can assist with referral information.  Additionally, assistance for making a referral for other needed services is available.  The same procedures are followed for all individuals requesting or presenting as potentially eligible for NC Innovations Services. The time and date of the initial contact with Partners is recorded. Such documentation is used in the event the individual is determined potentially eligible for NC Innovations Services and placed on the waiting list called the Registry of Unmet Needs. If funding is not available for needed NC Innovations services at the time of screening, the person is assessed for other appropriate services. Individuals may receive these other services or may wait until funding becomes available. If the individual has Medicaid, he or she may receive medically necessary Medicaid services currently offered by Partners. These services are called B3 Services.

To determine preliminary eligibility, Partners screens individuals for the NC Innovations Waiver based on the waiver eligibility criteria and the individual’s need for waiver services.

How will I know if my loved one is potentially eligible or could qualify for
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities services?

  • An Intellectual disability is characterized by significant limitations in both intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior. These affect many everyday social and practical skills. This disability originates before the age of 18.
  • Intellectual functioning—also called intelligence—refers to general mental capacity, such as learning, reasoning, problem solving, and so on. One way to measure intellectual functioning is an IQ test. Generally, an IQ test score of around 70 or as high as 75 indicates a limitation in intellectual functioning.
  • Adaptive behavior is the collection of conceptual, social, and practical skills that are learned and performed by people in their everyday lives.
    • Conceptual skills—language and literacy; money, time, and number concepts; and self-direction.
    • Social skills—interpersonal skills, social responsibility, self-esteem, gullibility, naïveté (i.e., wariness), social problem solving, and the ability to follow rules/obey laws and to avoid being victimized.
    • Practical skills—activities of daily living (personal care), occupational skills, healthcare, travel/transportation, schedules/routines, safety, use of money, and use of the telephone.
    • Standardized tests can also determine limitations in adaptive behavior.
  • Age of Onset means changes in development had to happen before the age of 18.

Intellectual disability information provided by the Bethesda Institute. A video of this definition is available online.

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Are there additional rights for people with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities?

In addition to the rights and responsibilities for everyone receiving services, those living with intellectual or developmental disabilities have additional rights regarding care in facilities. The following information is a general overview of these rights found in the Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Act of 1985.

  • Individuals may be in a facility for the developmentally disabled to receive care, habilitation, rehabilitation, training, or treatment.
    • Before being allowed to move to the facility, a qualified professional will determine the extent of the developmental disability. The professional also determines what care a person needs, and if the facility is the best place for treatment.
  • Individuals living in a residential facility have the right to move to another facility if the current facility cannot provide necessary care or treatment.
  • If a residential facility is closing or wants to discharge someone, the person is guaranteed services until:
    • Partners determines the individual no longer needs continuing care
    • The person is moved to another facility
    • 60 days have passed since notifying Partners of the closing or discharge
  • Individuals can appeal Partners’ decisions regarding the need for continued placement or regarding the availability of an alternative placement
    • If the appeal process takes longer than 60 days, the person can live in a state facility until the outcome of the appeal.
  • Any legally competent adult who applied for treatment in a facility and voluntarily moved to the facility has the right to request to leave.
    • If the facility believes the adult is in danger by leaving, the person may be held for up to five days while the facility asks the courts to name an interim guardian to make decisions.

If you feel your rights are being violated, you can make a formal complaint called a grievance. You can place a grievance by:

  • Calling 1-888-235-HOPE (4673)
  • Mailing your complaint to Partners Behavioral Health Management, C/o Grievances, 901 S. New Hope Rd., Gastonia, NC 28054
  • Emailing Grievances@partnersbhm.org
  • Using our online feedback form
  • Approaching any Partners employee

Each option is confidential and secure. You also have the right not to be contacted by us, and not to have your information shared with others involved in the grievance. However, to serve you better and to effectively resolve the issue, we hope you will let us contact you, if needed.

We need input from every person and from every perspective touched in some way by mental illness, substance use disorders, or intellectual and developmental disabilities. Please take a few minutes to do our 2019 Community Needs Assessment at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PartnersNeeds2019.

Please tell your friends, neighbors, coworkers, and family members to take this survey, too.

In the Community 

CANCELLED: March Burke and Catawba Adult Collaboratives

Due to the opportunity for two amazing trainings in Burke County in the month of March affecting so many meeting members, the Catawba and Burke Collaborative meetings will be cancelled.  Please consider signing up for both of these opportunities!  The Burke Substance Abuse Network Spring Conference link for registration is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BSAN-Spring-Conference. Information for Community Inclusion training can be found in the community section of the February 19 issue of Behavioral Health Focus.

Triple P Seminar Training

This is a training for individuals that want to be certified in Level 2 Triple P Seminar. The Selected Seminars Triple P Provider Training Course teaches Triple P Providers the skills to conduct parenting information seminars with parents of children birth to 12 years of age. Training is March 18-20, 2019, from 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m., at Catawba Valley Behavioral Health Hickory, 20 4th St. SW, Hickory, NC.

The Triple P Selected Seminar Series consists of three 60-minute seminars (plus 30 minutes of question time) covering the following topics:

  • The power of positive parenting
  • Raising confident and competent children
  • Raising resilient children

Selected Teen Triple P Provider Training Course

The Selected Teen seminars teach Triple P Providers the skills to conduct parenting information seminars with parents of teenagers up to 16 years of age. Selected Teen Triple P is suitable as a universal prevention strategy where it is offered to parents of teens transitioning to high school.

The Triple P Selected Teen Seminars series consists of three two-hour seminars on the following topics:

  • Raising competent teenagers
  • Raising responsible teenagers
  • Getting teenagers connected

Contact Shikeena Pope at spope@partnersbhm.org or 704-844-2671 to register.

Portrait of Professional Caregivers: Their Passion, Their Pain

Many people who are in helping roles are affected by the trauma they witness. This documentary follows first responders, social workers, and other professionals who witness trauma and the effect this has on them. Attend the documentary screening and conversation on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., at Lincoln County DSS, 1136 E. Main St., Lincolnton. After watching the documentary, participants will discuss ideas for self-care and managing the stresses they experience. To attend, please register online. For more information, contact Jeanne Patterson at 828-446-4936 or jpatterson@partnersbhm.org.

Rooted in Advocacy

The Arc of North Carolina is thrilled to present exciting new speakers and events at a new venue for the annual conference on Friday, March 29, 2019, at The Benton Convention Center, 301 W. 5th St., Winston-Salem, NC. This year’s conference begins with a pre-conference event featuring a movie by DJ Savarese, entitled Deej. The movie follows DJ, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Oberlin College, and gives viewers insight into his daily life and struggles as a person who is non-verbal. The closing keynote will be delivered by Natalie Weaver, a parent advocating for her child. Natalie is the founder of Sophia’s Voice and co-founder of Advocates for Medically Fragile Kids NC. Learn more about the speakers, agenda, lodging, and registration online at https://www.arcnc.org/conference.

Behavioral Health Focus is published on the first and third Tuesday of each month and is intended to be a source of information for those working or interacting with behavioral health care in Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Surry and Yadkin Counties. If you would like to contribute, contact Jeff Brucato at 704-884-2564 or jbrucato@partnersbhm.org. Items should be submitted by Wednesday at 3 p.m. for the next week’s issue.

Volume 4 – Issue 14
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