D1. In addition to on-site activities, does this site provide opportunities for persons served to participate in community events, activities, and services?
Evidence for this question can be multifaceted but should always link back to a policy of the site to allow (and encourage) persons served to be active members of the community. Showing a community calendar, for example (especially if this is a generic calendar) does not display the site’s policy to allow persons served to be active members of the community. There have been some PCSP documents that dive into a persons served want to participate in community activities, so long as that PCSP (de-identified, of course) discusses how that persons served is made aware of community events and how staff at the site are involved in that process, this will suffice. However, it is important to note there should still be a policy connected to the way the site runs perhaps a transportation policy discussing ways staff assist with persons served being active in the community.
Example PCSP statement: “I like to participate in many activities in the community, go to cosmic bowling, participate in Special Olympics, visit the movies when new Marvel moves come out and more. I am informed of things going on in my community from my Residential staff and I also search for places to go myself on my phone and ipad. If I decide I want to attend a community function, staff will work with me to secure transportation (either staff will take me, my family will take me or I will ride GPT) to and from. I have my own money and like to spend it as I choose.”
Evidence for this question is more directly related to the display of information. Is there a calendar of daily/weekly/monthly events posted at the site. If not, how are persons served being told of the opportunities offered in D1? While many sites have a fantastic activity schedule it is important to differentiate: this question is not asking about activities done at the site itself, but rather ways to be included in the larger community. How does this site represent their efforts to involve persons served in the community at large?
D3. Can persons-served at this site attend community activities and services (e.g., shopping, religious services, scheduled appointments, lunch with family and friends) whenever they choose?
Evidence for this question should focus on two points. Can persons served attend community activities and can they do so whenever they wish. Policy around this should also discuss if there are going to be any restrictions around this, it can be found in a person-centered plan, and does not effect how the site is intended to run.
Evidence for this question should be directly related to a policy the provider has around persons served being able to participate in community functions on their own terms. This can be represented by transportation policies as well as direct policies that clarify persons served involvement in the community.
Evidence for this question can also be rolled into D3’s policies, but should underline autonomy, a person served should have the ability to come and go as they please. If there are any restrictions they should be in the person-centered plan and not effect the intention of how the site should run.
D4.1 Were the restrictions at this site regarding when persons-served can 'come and go' developed and agreed upon by persons-served?
Evidence for this question is pretty straightforward it must discusses the idea that any restriction should be agreed upon by the person served- the simplest means by which to do this would be in a person-centered plan (or service plan) where consent is a requirement in most cases.
Evidence for this should cover visitation policies, specifying that visitors are allowable at any time. (if a current policy outlines a time for visitors, there should be some means by which persons served can choose to have visitors outside the specific time stated, and that should be included in the policy.) An example is as follows: “We encourage family and friends of person served visit between the hours of 3pm and 11pm, however arrangements can be made for overnight stays and visits outside of this timeframe, so long as the person served agrees and this does not violate any potential restriction in the person centered plan.”