Monthly Archives: July 2016

Community and Home Based Services

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Community and home based services, this is what we want in the event that David comes home.  We don’t think that we

are asking for a lot.  According to one doctor, he needs 24 x 7 supports.  I get that.  Without staff, I think that we will be hard pressed to see success with bringing David home.

The biggest barrier to getting community services is budgetary.  A lack of funds.  All of the state of North Dakota is seeing a budget crunch.  I understand that.

In North Dakota, at least at the facility where my son is, it costs approximately 225,000 dollars a year to keep him in the facility. This doesn’t include the roughly 45,000 dollars tuition the local school district pays to the school at the facility.

Imagine if we could hire staff at 14 dollars an hour.

Basic math shows us the following:

2080 hours is full time.  If the wage is 14 dollars an hour, we are looking at a pretax payroll of 29,120 per staff member.

With a rotating shift of 3 staff per day in the summer, and 2 staff per school day during the school year, and 3 on the weekends, we would look at figure 7 staff year round.

7 staff at 2080 hours per staff:  $203,840.

Of course, if we had to pay benefits, it would be considerably higher.  But still.  To get him home with supported staff would be a cost savings.  Wouldn’t it?

Am I missing something?  Even with the cost of tuition, which includes 2 hours a day transportation time, we would have staff 14 hours a day for David.

As it stands, to bring David home, without supports, it is my belief that we will see a return in behaviors within 8 months of his homecoming that would result in his return to a facility.

It’s not a huge wage.  At 16 dollars an hour we could have 6.5 FTE (full time equivalent).

The thing is, it would provide jobs, it would bring David home to the family.  We would love to have him home.  However, it has to be supported, and it has to be safe for everyone, especially David.

Sure, my theories might be idealistic, altruistic and simple, but isn’t it possible?

On Autism and Disability – a youtube video

The thing to take from this video? Never give up hope. With David, we will always hope that there will be a time when he can be a part of society. I didn’t make this video.  All copyright and trademarks are held by their respective owners and I make no claim as to ownership. Tweet… Continue Reading

Playing with fire

I feel like we are playing with fire here.  Admittedly, David also likes to play with fire. David admitted to that too.  We had blamed another child for the small fires.  David claims that it was him that did the deed.  We have not had any of the fires during any of the periods when… Continue Reading

Admitting the horror

It has come to our attention that David has admitted to trying to kill animals with his hands, and with chemicals. I don’t fault David for admitting the horror that he has tried.  I don’t fault him for it, it is a symptom of his mental illnesses. Last year he attacked me more than once… Continue Reading

Risk Assessment – Hope, Dreams and Fear

What do you do when you need to balance the mental illness of one child against the wellness of a whole family? Do you allow the mentally ill and potentially very violent child to return home? Or do you push for another residential placement? Continue Reading

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Eval

David and I are traveling six hours tomorrow to get him evaluated for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.  This is a second opinion.  At 15, he likely will not be able to get any services for the diagnosis. But like I have said in the past, I don’t want anyone to say we haven’t tried to… Continue Reading