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Community Integration Services


Community Integration Services provides opportunities for the community participation of the persons served. The Arnold Center defines the scope of these services and supports based on the identified needs and desires of the persons served. This may include services for persons who without this option are at risk of receiving services full-time in more restrictive environments with intensive levels of supports. Through this program,  a person may participate in a variety of community life experiences or interactions that may include, but are not limited to:

  • Leisure or recreational activities
  • Communication activities
  • Cultural activities
  • Pre-vocational experiences
  • Vocational pursuits
  • Development of work attitudes
  • Employment activities
  • Volunteerism in the community
  • Educational and training activities
  • Development of living skills
  • Health and wellness promotion
  • Orientation, mobility, and destination training
  • Access and utilization of public transportation
  • Interacting with volunteers from the community in program activities
  • Community collaborations and social connections developed by the program

Note:  Some examples of the quality results desired by the different persons served in this service include:

  • Increased community participation, including by reverse integration
  • Increased independence
  • Increased interdependence
  • Greater quality of life
  • Skill development
  • Volunteer placement
  • Movement to employment
  • Center-based socialization activities during the day that enable persons to become more independent
  • Activity alternatives to avoid or reduce time spent in more restrictive environments

Needs for which Services are Provided:

Consistent with the fundamental purpose of the Arnold Center program, the Community Integration Services contributes to the support of persons with disabilities in a variety of capacities including community and organizational based settings.  Services are determined through informed consumer choice, that is, after providing information about options and alternatives. Please note that program participants can be served in more than one activity at a time.

Services are available to individuals experiencing one or more of the following needs:

  • Limited vocational skills
  • Limited social/interpersonal skills
  • Limited community functioning skills
  • Limited domestic skills
  • Limited recreational skills
  • Limited academic skills
  • Limited economic skills

Due to the operations of the organization, certain individuals cannot be served. Those conditions that fall into this category are:

  • Individuals who pose a physical threat to themselves or others.

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Community Integration Services are designed to assist the persons receiving services in obtaining access to resources and activities of their choosing. Persons receiving these services are included in their communities to the degree they desire. As appropriate, participants are assisted in making relevant and informed choices that focus on the development of important other life skills.

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Hours of Service

The Arnold Center is open for business from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; Community Integration Services are typically provided between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., however, to the extent possible, hours of service are tailored to meet the individual needs of the persons served.  Many persons served participate in services during non-traditional work hours, evenings and weekends.

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Days of Service

The Arnold Center typically offers programs Monday through Friday except for designated holidays.  However, evening, weekend and even holiday activities are not uncommon for those interested.

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Payer Sources

Though sponsorship is typically preapproved and provided by Community Mental Health and/or private sponsorship, other sources of funding may be accepted.

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Call (989) 631-9570 for current fee schedule.

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Referral Sources

Typically, referrals to the Community Integration Program Community come from Mental Health and Family/Guardians/Friends.  A referral form, as well as acceptance procedures, can be found in the online Service Manual located at www.arnoldcenter.org.

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Specific Services

The Community Integration Program is a person-centered service, which serves as a resource and support service focusing on the inclusion of persons served into mainstream adult living.   The program provides individuals the opportunity to develop specific daily living skills, attitudes, personal characteristics, work behaviors, interpersonal skills and functional capacities to achieve the greater independence and more challenging and rewarding life experiences.

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Admission Criteria

Community Integration Program offers the opportunity for integrated community inclusion to qualified persons residing in the Midland and Gladwin County areas. Persons referred typically possess barriers to their pursuit of equal access and full participation in community opportunities.   The following descriptions are not all-inclusive, but are representative of the persons served through Community Integration:

  • Persons with disabilities (physical, mental, cognitive, emotional, etc.)
  • Persons desiring greater participation in community activities including opportunities to develop friendships
  • Persons desiring to increase their self-advocacy and assertiveness skills
  • Persons desiring opportunities to learn about their community and its resources
  • Persons desiring to develop enhanced interpersonal skills and attitudes
  • Persons desiring integration into the employment settings
  • Evidence of disability, funding, completed referral packet

The person served:

  • Must be 16 years of age or older
  • Must have current medical and/or psychological examinations as appropriate that documents person’s ability to attend programs. 
  • Must have a condition which interferes with their ability to function independently at work, home, school, or in the community.
  • Must have a fiscal sponsor.
  • Must have in their Individual Program Plan an objective(s) that can be met with the services and supports provided by the Arnold Center. Must be seen as benefiting from services and supports offered by the Arnold Center
  • Must have basic self-care skills, i.e. dressing, grooming and/or hygiene.
  • Must be able to make needs known to others.
  • Must not be physically dangerous to self or others.
  • Must have a required level of support that falls within the guidelines of the program, or receives additional supports which allow successful participation in the program.
  • Must have the ability to access services - own transportation or ability to ride local transit.

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Transition Criteria

Individuals can choose at any time to participate in different Arnold Center activities/environments or to seek the services of a new provider.  To initiate a change of services, the person served simply needs to contact their Service Coordinator who in turn will schedule a planning session with the person’s Person Centered Planning Team. 

The decision to transition should be planned by the customer and his/her support team.  In preparing for transition, a plan should be developed which provides for the smooth transition of the person served from Community Integration to another interagency program or to an external provider. The development of the plan shall involve the customer, and as appropriate parents, guardians, sponsoring agent, new provider, if appropriate, and any other pertinent staff.

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Exit Criteria

Persons receiving services from the Community Integration may be exit from the program for one or more of the following reasons:

  1. Person served no longer desires to participate in the program and requests to leave the program for any reason.
  2. Person served demonstrates very limited or no potential to benefit from the program.
  3. Person served no longer meets entrance criteria (health status change, Community Mental Health criteria, funding discontinued, etc.)
  4. Person served health and/or safety would be jeopardized by continued participation in the program.
  5. Person served can no longer attend the program due to an anticipated or unanticipated change in residence.
  6. Person served has received the full benefit of the program and is prepared to move to a less restrictive environment. 
  7. Person served develops a medical condition that Arnold Center is prohibited from serving.
  8. Person served, following strategic interventions, exhibits behavior(s) that are disruptive of program activities or are otherwise specified in the Participant Handbook as deserving of discharge from the program if not corrected; namely (a) consistently poor hygiene, (b) abuse of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs during program hours, and (c) threatening injury to persons or property, etc.
  9. Person served requires a level of staff support that denies other program participants their right to program services, if additional support is not provided by the funding source.

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400 Wexford Avenue, Midland, MI 48640 - (989) 631-9570    •    490 Industrial Drive, Gladwin, MI 48624 - (989) 426-6300