Choices 2 Cobb: INNOVATIVE COMMUNITY SERVICES
Choices 2 Cobb is the Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Services department of the Cobb County Community Services Board. Individuals served in Choices 2 Cobb experience:
• Inclusion – Involving individuals with relatives and friends and fostering a belonging to their neighborhood and community.
• Independence – Providing individuals with opportunities to develop skills that lessen their dependence.
• Individualization – Increasing esteem by offering personalized choices and providing services in terms of the individual’s unique and valued abilities.
• Productivity – Providing the participant with opportunities to make an increasingly meaningful contribution to his/her environment.
Individuals served by Choices 2 Cobb have the following rights:
• Choice: The right to make choices according to a person’s personal preference is an important part of the day services With Out Walls person-centered approach.
• Quality Care: Individuals in our program are treated with respect and dignity.
Choices 2 Cobb offers the following innovative community service programs:
Supported Employment services provide assistance with choosing, acquiring, and maintaining employment for individuals whom competitive employment has not been achieved and/or has been interrupted or intermittent. The primary outcome of Supported Employment is competitive employment, which is defined as a job that pays at least minimum wage, for which anyone can apply, and is not specifically set aside for people with disabilities.
Supported employment services must be provided in an integrated work setting where the individual works alongside people who do not have disabilities or in a business owned by the individual. Supported Employment does not occur in day programs or in licensed residential facilities as a place of service.
Our current employer partners include TJ Maxx, Target, Kroger, Piccadilly, Zaxby’s, Outrageous Mini-Golf, SunTrust Park, Martin’s Restaurant, Dairy Queen and Dollar Tree Stores. Guide to Supported Employment, Supported Employment Referral Form
Prevocational Services prepare an individual for paid or unpaid employment. These services are for an individual who is not expected to be able to join the general work force within one year as documented in the Individual Service Plan. Prevocational Services occur in facility-based settings or at community sites outside the facility for small groups of individuals who travel from the facility to these community sites. These “mobile crews” receive Prevocational Services by performing tasks such as cleaning or landscaping at community sites outside the residential setting.
Community Access Services assist an individual in acquiring, retaining, or improving self-help, socialization, and adaptive skills required for active community participation and independent functioning outside the individual’s home or family home. These services are in the areas of social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development and may include training in daily living skills (including leisure/recreation skills), communication training, mobility training, programming to reduce inappropriate and/or maladaptive behaviors, and training in the use of common community resources.
Day Service Programs – Choices 2 Cobb is a day service program that gives individuals the right to make choices according to a person’s personal preferences. Individuals may choose between seven different in-house activities each day such as: art, nutrition & life skills, exercise, computer lab, basic education, community outings, and the ability to socialize with peers. These innovative and interactive community services are wrapped around the strengths, abilities, and needs of each individual, providing an environment for personal enrichment and growth.
W.O.W. (With Out Walls) – Choices 2 With Out Walls or W.O.W. Program is a great alternative to a day center program. The WOW program offers new experiences and activities for individuals: opportunities to develop skills that lessen their dependence. Individuals meet new people in small groups and make an increasingly meaningful contribution to their community. This program provides an environment for personal enrichment and growth through a wide range of interactive activities such as volunteering, music and cultural arts.
Community Residential Alternative (CRA) services are targeted for individuals who require intense levels of support. These services are interventions with a particular focus on training and support in one or more of the following areas: eating and drinking, toileting, personal grooming and health care, dressing, communication, interpersonal relationships, mobility, home management, and use of leisure time. CRA services are tailored to meet the specific needs of an individual and accommodate fluctuations in his or her needs for various services.
Community Living Support (CLS) services are individually tailored supports that assist with the acquisition, retention, or improvement in skills related to an individual’s continued residence in his or her own or family home. Personal care/assistance may be a part of CLS services but may not comprise the entirety of the services. CLS services are offered to individuals who live in their own home or family home.
The Family Support program is designed to assist families with a family member who has a developmental disability. The program provides supports through a variety of goods and services aimed at maintaining the family unit–aiming aims to help improve the quality of the supports while helping to lower the cost of obtaining the services. Goods and services include, but are not limited to, respite care, community access, supported employment services, specialized equipment, and medical services. Family Support Services Brochure
We are an Olmstead implementation site for the state of Georgia. These innovative and interactive services are wrapped around the strengths, abilities, and needs of each customer, providing an environment for personal enrichment and growth.