- The Art Program
- Day Services Support
- Family Support
- Health Services Mgt
- Residential Support
- Supported Employment
The art program was established at Pacesetters, Inc. to tap into the talents of individuals that had never been considered before. Professional artists, both visual and audible, were contracted to evaluate the individuals and teach a variety of art skills. Through their efforts, several individuals have created, and sold, many different pieces of art. Guest artists have collaborated with individuals one on one, but every individual at Pacesetters can participate in the Art Program. Their art work has been displayed at local galleries as well as the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, The First Center in Nashville, the Nashville Airport, in Washington, DC and Atlanta Georgia. Their art is presently displayed at the DIDS Central Office in Nashville. Pacesetters service recipients have access to the art programs in all of the facility based day services sites.
The Story Telling part of the Art Program has given many individuals the opportunity to participate in plays that have been performed at Pacesetters facilities, the Cookeville Library and several nursing homes throughout the Cookeville Area.
Pacesetters’ supports approximately 210 people in some type of day supports in several counties. 5 counties have licensed Day Facilities (Putnam, Overton, White, Warren, Macon) which provide Community Based Services (individuals going out in groups of 3 or less into community – integrated settings for leisure, volunteer activities, and other means of community participation); Facility Based Services (participation in group settings in the center, working on learning skills, attending classes, leisure, socialization); Employment Services (placement into gainful, paid employment with oversight); and Personal Assistance (PA) (providing intermittent in-home supports to individuals with activities of daily living, leisure so that the person may remain in the family home). Additional PA services are also provided in Coffee County, Clay County, and Fentress County.
In 1992, at the urging of disability advocates and families, The Tennessee legislature established the Family Support Program. The program is funded by state dollars and designed to assist individuals with severe disabilities and their families to remain together in their homes and communities. Statewide funding for this program is determined by our state legislatures on a yearly basis from state tax dollars. The program is administered under an agreement with the state of Tennessee and managed by local agencies throughout the state. Pacesetters Inc-Family Support Program serves twelve counties in the Upper Cumberland area: Cannon, Clay, Cumberland, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Van Buren, Warren, and White.
Family Support is designed to provide financial assistance and community resource information to individuals with severe or developmental disabilities and their families. Services can include but are not limited to: Respite care, day care services, home modifications, equipment, supplies, personal assistance, transportation, homemaker services, housing costs, health-related needs, nursing and counseling. Services are flexible and responsive to families and their needs. Family Support is not a substitute for more comprehensive services provided under other programs, including the Medicaid HCBS Waiver, TennCare, Medicare, or private insurance.
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Pacesetters’ manages the health care needs of each service recipient using a Health Care Coordinator (HSC) and/or Health Care Assistant (HSA) in each county. It is the responsibility of the HSC/HSA to schedule required appointments, accompany service recipients to those appointments and arrange for any needed follow-up. Each HSC/HSA communicates directly with physicians and other health care providers to insure that the health care needs for each service recipient are met in a timely manner. The HSC/HSA also works closely with family members and others that may be involved in the care of each service recipient. Service recipients are included in decision making and provided information so that they can be an active participant in meeting their health care needs. For those service recipients with more serious or chronic health care needs, Pacesetters provides RN oversight per state requirements. The RN works closely with the HSC, HSA, physicians and family to monitor the service recipient’s status and current plan of care.
Pacesetters’ supports approximately 109 people in some type of residential supports in 5 counties (Putnam, Overton, White, Warren, Macon). There are 52 sites agency wide. Services are provided in Residential Habilitation (agency owned homes with 2-3 people); Supported Living (consumer homes/apartments with 1-3 people); Semi-Independent Living (individual homes/apartments with intermittent supports); Family Model (non-family homes with continuous supports for 1-2 people); and Respite (relief services in family or agency homes – typically for people already receiving our day supports). Supports include up to 24 hour staff supervision, with assistance as needed for activities of daily living, budgeting, maintaining a home, and enabling the person to live in a home in the community.
Supported Employment services are offered to individuals in Putnam, White, Warren, Overton and Macon counties. Through assessments, and participation in the local job clubs, individuals are evaluated to determine interests and abilities related to work. In addition, opportunities exist to work on mobile work crews established through several State Use cleaning contracts. Referrals for individual placements are also made to the Dept. Of Rehabilitation Services and a V.R. case is opened. When the individual completes the V.R. process they are then eligible for Supported Employment from “DIDS”. Supported Employment at this level can be Follow Along, Individual, Group or Special Needs, depending on the skill and needs of each individual. No matter what the need, Pacesetters, Inc. has trained, and qualified, staff to help each individual find their place in the community job market.