Transition Services and Supports
Young people with developmental disabilities face unique challenges in making the transition from school to adult life. Recognizing that this is a crucial time for extra support, One Sky offers School Transition Services and Family Services. Our programs are designed to improve quality of life, while maintaining individuals’ and families’ rights to identify needs and direct how supports are provided. Rather than expecting individuals or families to fit into an existing program, we work with each to meet particular needs. Services and Supports include:
School Transition Services through One Sky Futures
One Sky Futures’ School Transition Services provide community-based supports for young people in the 14-21 age group. We assist students in developing the abilities that are necessary to live as independently as possible. These include vocational, social, personal and community living skills. For more information, please speak to One Sky Futures’ School Transition Program Coordinator.
Family Services Transition Coordination
One Sky’s Family Services Transition Coordinator is knowledgeable about the many issues confronting families at this time, and works closely with each student’s school team to assure a smooth transition from school to adult services.
Family Services also include:
Assistance through the Family Support Advisory Council
The Family Support Advisory Council (FSAC) consists of volunteer caregivers from the communities of Region VIII who have family members with a wide range of disabilities living at home. The council meets monthly to discuss issues confronting families like their own, to offer suggestions and help to identify and prioritize local families’ support needs. The Council provides financial assistance for needs related to the individual with a disability as well as assisting with:
- Camperships: Financial assistance for summer camps and other structured summer time activities. Funding is limited. Please contact our Transition Coordinator for more information.
- YMCA Passes: Free quarterly passes are available to the Portsmouth YMCA.
- Family Support Conference: Financial assistance to interested families to attend the annual N.H. Family Support Conference.
- Disability Related Expenses: Funding available to assist families with expenses related to their loved one’s disability.
- Family Events: Social events where families can network while enjoying a fun outing, such as a fall hayride and pumpkin picking or an evening of karaoke.
- Respitality: Respitality offers primary caregivers of individuals with developmental disabilities an opportunity to take a break from daily demands in the comfort of a host hotel. Respitality has provided a much-needed break to more than 4,300 New Hampshire parents.
One Sky is fortunate to have guidance from the FSAC on our Board of Directors as well as our Strategic Planning Committees. The FSAC meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the One Sky office at 6:30 p.m.
In-Home Support Services
A consumer-directed service, this intensive home-based program helps young people with developmental disabilities between the ages of 3-21 with complex medical and behavioral needs. The program is funded through Medicaid and enrollment is limited. To be eligible, a family must complete a state application, available through One Sky. To learn more, please contact our Family Services Transition Coordinator.
Environmental modifications consist of adaptations to the family’s home environment and/or vehicle to ensure access, health and safety for the individual with a disability and the caregiver.
Parent to Parent Connections
Family Services help families connect for mutual support, information and understanding. Through Parent to Parent Connections we seek family matches either locally or by accessing a statewide database. Once connected, families decide together how best to support each other.
For more information about any of the above, please contact our Family Services Transition Coordinator, or check our Family Support Newsletter
Respite Care provides families with short-term relief from the responsibilities of caring for a family member of any age living at home. Care may be provided in the home of the family or caregiver, or in the community. The number of respite hours varies depending on the level of complexity of the individual’s care. Financial assistance is based on a sliding scale. We encourage families to recruit their own providers, but will assist if necessary. We also link families so they may form their own support networks.
If you would like to learn more about respite care, please contact our Respite Coordinator.
What Family Services have done for me: James’s story