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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?

Spin the education wheel again for luck

Image via Wikipedia Well, as many of my faithful readers will remember, we are going through a facilitated IEP for our son, David. After a few attempts at scheduling the actual meeting, we finally appear to have a date and time that we can all agree on. I plan to ask for half days of… Continue Reading

Our School District made the news!!! Updated

Update February 12, 2012 An update.  In chatting with news people, it was explained to me how the story is reported.  Since the report from the Sheriff Department reported it as an accident, the news people felt that there really wasn’t a lot else to report. I can see where they would say that.  And… Continue Reading

they requested what?

So today, in the midst of the chaos of trying to figure out what the best path is for my family, I got a call from our state Department of Public Instruction.  (DPI) A couple of days ago, I mentioned on my blog that I was submitting a request for a facilitated IEP to the… Continue Reading

Day 8 ~ Facilitated what? and new friends !Success!

Since coming online with the new blog and website on January 3rd, I have made an incredible number of new friends.  Some really fantastic people are connecting with me.  How lucky am I? ==== Back to the topic for the night.  Have you ever experienced a Facilitated IEP? According to the website, a facilitated… Continue Reading

Day 8 ~ snot today I tell you, don’t suck it in, blow!

Autism and a sick child. school prinicipal and the counselor. ewww how gross Continue Reading

Day 3 ~ Under the Weather

He must not be feeling good today.  Here it is after 10am and he is still wanting to sleep.  He is fighting a sinus infection, but that has been going on for a couple of days.  Blood draw at 11:45 again.  Then we are going on an outing to the hardware store to price out … Continue Reading

>saw my daughter

> Saw my daughter tonight. she looks and sounds so much better than she did on Wednesday. She asked me if I was disappointed with her. We talked about how I am always telling the kids to talk about and be honest about their feelings. I asked her how I could be disappointed in her… Continue Reading