Clinical And Quality Outcomes for Individuals in Supported Living Settings
Kerry’s Place continues to focus on continuous quality improvement, evaluating current practice to better improve system processes and achieve desired outcomes. Members of the Clinical Services and Supports Department work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team that follows a bio-psycho-social approach to treatment. For those supported residentially, clinical service interventions are evidence-based and provided by an in-house team of Clinical Supervisors (Board Certified Behaviour Analysts), Behaviour Therapists and Technicians, a Nurse Practitioner, and several consulting professionals that are supported by the Quality Assurance Team. Please review the highlights below illustrating the work of the Clinical Department during the past fiscal year:
- The Clinical Services and Supports Department led quality initiatives aimed at goal achievement through Individual Support Plans or Person Directed Plan development, Advanced Care Planning, and provided staff education and training related to quality and key performance indicators.
- Using the science of Applied Behaviour Analysis, members of the Clinical Team conducted specialized assessments, provided intervention and treatment for the individuals supported within our supported living sites and treatment centres, and delivered behavioural training to enhance staff capacity.
- Psychiatric Clinics are offered across all regions (Central, East, and Toronto) using a consultative approach and involving the entire clinical and care teams.
- The Nurse Practitioner (NP) supported teams by monitoring and following up on the health care needs of those supported within supported living services. The NP also worked alongside the Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Committee to ensure public health guidelines are followed for persons supported, families, and staff.
- In preparation of an accreditation survey in 2023, current practices were, and are currently being reviewed. Identified through Accreditation Canada, the applicable standards of focus are: Leadership, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Governance, Medication Management and Infection Prevention and Control.
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- COVID and Telehealth Practices – Kerry’s Place has incorporated the use of online (internet-based) platforms for the delivery of training sessions for parents and professionals, as well as group sessions that include our community employment supports and parent support programs. In addition, clinical programs have also aligned with current public health guidelines.
- 2021 Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities (OADD) Conference – A presentation was given at the OADD Conference on “Innovative Approaches to Protect the Health and Safety of Vulnerable Adults with Autism During the COVID Pandemic”. This was a case study that described the organizational, structural, and technological innovations created to protect the health and safety of highly vulnerable adults with autism aged 18 – 68 living in 80 group homes, across six regions in Ontario during the pandemic.
- Kerry’s Place has established a research partnership with Brock University to evaluate and validate the Group Living Compatibility Assessment Tool (GCAT) used to assess house-mate compatibility within supported living placements. This novel compatibility assessment was created by the supported living clinical team.
- As a newly approved Authorized Continuing Education (ACE) provider, Kerry’s Place has conducted several successful continuing education sessions on a variety of clinical topics.