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Criteria for Placement

All individuals, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, age, creed or national origin, regardless of physical and/or mental capacity, shall have the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential while participating in programs offered by Blue Ridge Homes Vocational Services. No person shall be prohibited from participating in services offered by Blue Ridge Homes for any of the reasons listed above.

Blue Ridge Homes reserves the right to make assignments and/or recommendations regarding specific program placement based upon individual needs while also considering the needs of clients already enrolled in program services.

All persons must meet the following criteria for admission:

  1. Must be 16 years of age or older. If less than 18 years of age, must present a Work Permit.
  2. Must provide proper identification upon admission in accordance with regulations of the US Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Services for Employment Eligibility Verification.
  3. Must have current written evidence from appropriate specialist prior to admission documenting the specific disability for which services are required.
  4. Must have a current written report of a medical exam which specifies any conditions to be avoided, any physical limitations and any medical monitoring that is required.
  5. Must be able to arrange transportation to and from facility. Exception: Clients receiving Innovations funding.
  6. Must voluntarily agree to participate in the program, to cooperate and follow all rules.
  7. Must not exhibit excessively violent behavior.
    Other requirements, including signing of required consents, will be reviewed with you at the time you begin the program.

To be considered for ICF/IID Services an individual must:

Require active treatment necessitating the ICF/IID level of care. (Active treatment refers to aggressive, consistent implementation of a program of specialized and generic training, treatment and health services. Active treatment does not include services to maintain generally independent clients who are able to function with little supervision or in the absence of a continuous active treatment program).
Have a diagnosis of an Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) OR a condition closely related to IDD as defined here.

   A. IDD is a disability characterized by significant limitations both in the intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior as expressed in conceptual, social and practical adaptive skills. The disability originates before age 18.

   B. Persons with closely related conditions refer to individuals who have a severe, chronic disability that meets ALL of the following conditions:

  1. It is attributable to:
    a. Cerebral palsy or epilepsy; or
    b. Any other condition, other than mental illness, found to be closely related to IDDbecause this condition results in impairment of general intellectual functioning or adaptive behavior similar to that of persons with IDD, and requires treatment or services similar to those required for these persons; and
  2. It is manifested before the person reaches age 22; and
  3. It is likely to continue indefinitely; and
  4. It results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activity:
    a. Self-care.
    b. Understanding and use of language.
    c. Learning.
    d. Mobility.
    e. Self-direction.
    f. Capacity