Outreach Services

Outreach Services

NHS-Northstar Specialized Services provides Outreach Services under the DHS Home and Community Based Service Waiver Program.

All Outreach services are currently provided in St. Louis and Itasca County. In addition, we have three locations in St. Louis and Itasca County where we offer support for individuals eligible for SILS, SLS and CADI-ILS that are living in their own apartments. We have a staff office located at Park Place in Hibbing and in Virginia at Pine Mill Court. These apartment sites are staffed from 7AM to 10PM to assist these individuals. In Grand Rapids, MN we have a staff office located at Lakewood Heights. This location is staffed twenty four hours a day for those individuals that need support during the nights.

Supported Living Services

Supported Living Services (SLS) are services provided under the Developmental Disabilities Waiver to a person who cannot live in his or her home without such services or who need outside support to remain in his or her home. SLS are provided to an individual who requires daily staff intervention due to behavior problems, medical conditions, physical deficits and/or lack of adequate survival skills.

SLS for adults may be provided in a/an:

  • Adult foster home
  • Community
  • Person’s own place of residence

This includes assistance with acquisition, retention and improvement in skills such as:

  • Bed making and household chores
  • Eating and the preparation of food
  • Personal grooming and cleanliness
  • Social and adaptive skills necessary to enable the individual to reside in a non-institutional setting
  • Communication
  • Community participation and mobility
  • Health care, leisure and recreation
  • Household chores
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Money management
  • Reduction or elimination of maladaptive behavior
  • Sensory and motor development

Personal Support

This service provides non-medical care, supervision and assistance provided in the home of the person or in the community to achieve increased independence, productivity and inclusion in the community.

Personal support services relate to outcomes identified in the person’s service plan when teaching and training is not necessary to attain these outcomes. Covered services include:

  • Least costly assistance to reasonably meet the needs of the person
  • Non-medical care
  • Supervision

The person may use personal support to access community services and participate in community activities. Personal support is not a habilitative service. Therefore, personal support may complement a DD Waiver.

Independent Living Skills (ILS)

Independent living skills training are services that develop, maintain and improve the community living skills of a person. ILS training is direct training from a staff person to address the identified skill development needs of a person in the areas of:

  • Self-care
  • Communication Skills
  • Community Living and Mobility
  • Reduction/Elimination of Maladaptive Behavior
  • Sensory/motor development involved in acquiring functional skills
  • Interpersonal skills

This service is funded through the Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals (CADI) Waiver, which provides funding for home and community based services for adults and children, who would otherwise require the level of care provided in a nursing facility. Eligibility for CADI waiver services is determined through a screening process conducted by the county Public Health and Human Services department.

Semi-Independent Living Services (SILS)

This service is for individuals at least 18 years old who can function with only minimal supports and need less than 24-hour supervision. Some training service options are learning shopping and community living skills, learning appropriate social behavior, money management, self-care skills, recreation and leisure skills, and other skills to help individuals maintain or increase their ability to live in the community to lead self-directed lives.
To be eligible to receive SILS, a person must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be determined to have developmental disabilities or related condition(s)
  • Be unable to function independently without SILS
  • NOT be at risk of placement in an Intermediate Care Facility for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (ICF/DD)

The goal of SILS is to support people in ways that enable them to achieve personally desired outcomes and lead self-directed lives. SILS include training and assistance to:

  • First aid and getting help in an emergency
  • Learning and exercising rights and responsibilities of community living
  • Nutrition, meal planning and preparation
  • Obtaining and maintaining a home
  • Personal appearance and hygiene
  • Self-administration of medication
  • Shopping
  • Social, recreation and transportation skills, including appropriate social behavior
  • Using the phone and other utilities

Respite Care Services

Respite is defined as “a period of rest or relief.” Respite care provides a caregiver temporary relief from the responsibilities of caring for an individual with a physical or mental disability. Respite care is often referred to as a gift of time.

Respite services can be provided for a variety of reasons, including vacation, personal respite, attending to other family matters, transitioning, crisis intervention, and ongoing scheduled respite time.

Respite services can also be provided at a variety of sites, including the family home, an existing licensed foster care residential site, a licensed apartment site, or can be individualized to meet the specific need of the consumer and family. NHS-Northstar Specialized Services has two licensed settings to provide respite care to children and adults. One site is located in Chisholm, MN and the other site is located in Eveleth, MN.

Skilled professional staff are on duty to support the consumer and family no matter the setting choice for the respite service.