ChildServe‘s Day Habilitation program helps young adults with special healthcare needs transition into adulthood. Through individual goals and activities, young adults gain and retain skills they need for greater independence and community integration.
Why choose ChildServe?
ChildServe’s specially trained caregivers have education and experience in serving children with special healthcare needs.
Who We Serve
We Know Teens & Young Adults
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to participate in Day Habilitation services?
To be enrolled in this service, young adults must be between 16 and 25 years old and qualify for the Intellectual Disability Waiver (ID). Individuals typically have an identified need for transition support from child to adult services. Goals must be identified and there must be a willingness on the young adults part to work on goals. Community participation is an important part of the Day Habilitation service. Young adults willing to work on goals in an integrated community setting are a good fit.
How are referrals made?
Referrals can be made by members of the individual’s care team, parents/guardians, or the participant’s case manager. Call the location-specific numbers below to make a referral:
- Ames: 515-817-2231
- Johnston: 515-251-5533
How are services authorized and funded?
Day Habilitation services are funded through the ID Waiver. There is no fee to the participant. Services are authorized by the participant’s case managers. Typically there is a care team meeting to discuss service options, assess need, identify goals, and determine the frequency of services to be provided. A service authorization is provided to ChildServe and the family, stating how many units of service is authorized each month.
Where and when are services provided?
Day Habilitation services are offered as follows:
- ChildServe – Johnston: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. year round
- Designated location in Ames: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. during the summer
- Designated location in Johnston: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. during the summer and spring/winter breaks
Individuals may choose full day options with a consistent schedule throughout the session.
I'm interested in enrolling - what happens next?
Once you have determined you are eligible for Day Habilitation services and are interested in pursuing this option through ChildServe, you can contact your case manager. Either you or your child’s case manager can contact ChildServe to begin the enrollment process.
If Day Habilitation is a good fit, time will be scheduled to tour the space, complete an assessment, develop care plans and goals and create a schedule of services for your young adult. Goals, objectives and identified support services will be established based on each individual’s needs and preferences.
How will I learn about my child’s activities at Day Habilitation?
- Date, time, and location of services provided
- Daily account of goals/objectives and supports provided
- Daily summary/narrative that specifically highlights staff interactions, participant’s responses, progress on goals, and any unusual occurrences
- Documentation of all medications administered and/or specific treatments provided
How does ChildServe monitor my child’s growth?
- The individual’s supervisor will review all documentation on a weekly basis.
- The case manager provides ongoing monitoring and authorization of services.
- ChildServe will communicate with case managers and families at a minimum on a quarterly basis to discuss the individual’s progress.
- ChildServe will participate in the annual care team meetings at the time waiver services are reauthorized for the new waiver year.
How does the ChildServe work toward non-discrimination?
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ChildServe Center - Johnston
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ChildServe improves the health and well-being of nearly 5,800 children each year through specialized clinical, home, and community-based programs and services. We serve children with developmental delays, disabilities, injuries, and other special healthcare needs.