A team of Registered Professional Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Medical Secretary and Nursing Department/Transportation Aide promotes, restores and maintains the optimal health of the people we support. This department ensures day-to-day management of care and develop individualized plans which include instructions for the support staff to ensure proper treatment is provided.
The Nursing Department acts as the medical advocates for the people we support throughout The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence; this includes those who live at home while attending their Day Program, everyone who lives in our residential sites and the children who are part of Bright Beginnings Preschool.
This team promotes independence by involving each person in their own plan of care, with the provision of continuity of healthcare through the Team approach. We collaborate with other health care professionals to ensure that each person receives the best medical care possible.
Each day we assess, triage, and address the medical concerns of the people we support and provide training and assistance, not only to the people, but to families and support staff as well. This team of professionals ensures that there is nursing availability at all times to address any medical concerns.
Psychological Services Unit
A team of Behavior Intervention Specialists and BIS assistants develop functional analyses of behavior, and work closely with the Support Team to develop individualized behavioral supports designed to help reinforce positive and appropriate behaviors while decreasing less adaptive behaviors. The clinicians visit sites throughout the agency to provide support and training to the staff and individuals at those locations. The Support Plans are goal-based, proactive in nature, and strive to minimize the use of rights restrictions, and/or artificial consequences. Counseling services are provided as needed under the supervision of the consulting psychologist. Crisis management support is available from a staff on call during all non-business hours.