ERIC Number: ED307755
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-May
Reference Count: N/A
Site Visit to Calvert County, Maryland ARC Family Support Services.
Bersani, Hank A., Jr.
The site visit report describes the Family Support Services program run by the Calvert County (Maryland) Association for Retarded Citizens. The program's goal is to prevent any person 21 years of age or younger from being institutionalized. It provides respite care services, specialized family support, and integrated day care for approximately 50 persons with developmental disabilities and their families. The specialized family support component attempts to help parents obtain any service or piece of special equipment which the family sees as needed to maintain a disabled member at home. Among services provided to families are provision of respite care in either the family's or provider's home, provision of respite care at the integrated day care center, parent counseling, a parent support group, financial support, and information referral and coordination. Cost information is provided. Agency concerns include identifying the best ways to help a family, maximizing resources, agency image problems, and maintaining flexibility. Issues identified by parents include the mother's role in families, conflicting interests, the costs of maintaining a disabled child at home, the sometimes unexpected duration of parental care responsibilities, and the lack of summer programs. Program success seems to be the result of committed leadership, philosophy, small size, commitment to integration and family life, and the parents themselves. (DB)
Descriptors: Community Programs, Day Programs, Delivery Systems, Family Problems, Family Programs, Individual Needs, Institutionalized Persons, Mental Retardation, Prevention, Program Costs, Respite Care
Syracuse University, Center on Human Policy, Research and Training Center on Community Integration, 724 Comstock Ave., Syracuse, NY 13244-4230 ($1.95).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY. Center on Human Policy.
Identifiers - Location: Maryland