Children and young adults with intellectual disabilities can do amazing things. We see it every day at ChildServe. We love helping them develop important skills through customized care plans. ChildServe’s Supported Community Living (SCL) program offers skill-building services to help children and young adults increase their independence and confidence.
Each child has their own set of goals to improve communication, motor, and social skills. ChildServe’s SCL program allows children and young adults to safely explore their community, and join activities they’re interested in. From learning to make a bed or do their laundry, to getting a library card or planning a night with their friends, children in ChildServe’s SCL program focus on a variety of life skills.
Why choose ChildServe?
Experience & Training
ChildServe caregivers have education, experience, and training in serving children with special healthcare needs. We provide additional training for staff when they are assigned to a child.
Customized Goals & Plans
We value your input! Parents and guardians share an important role in creating customized goals and plans.
ChildServe’s SCL CARF-accreditedBeing CARF-accredited means that the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities recognizes ChildServe as an organization that meets rigorous guidelines for service and quality and conforms to nationally and internationally recognized standards.
services take place in each child’s community or home, to ensure that new skills develop in places they will be used again.
Who We Serve
ChildServe’s SCL program partners with children with special healthcare needs (aged 2 through 21 years old) who qualify for:
Brain Injury (BI) Medicaid Waiver
Intellectual Disability (ID) Medicaid Waiver
In SCL, children learn to participate more fully in their community while developing greater independence and life skills. Each child is matched with a caregiver who helps them work towards reaching their goals. Typical activities often include but are not limited to the following:
Daily Living Skills
Making a bed, cooking a meal, cleaning their room, and practicing laundry skill.
Registering to vote, obtaining/using library card, and understanding his/her rights.
Riding a bike, volunteering, participating in scouting or other youth programs, participating in a Parks and Rec program, and developing safety skills.
Requesting an activity, planning a night out with friends, participating in after school activities, and interacting with peers.
Developing a communication system, increasing vocabulary, staying on topic, carrying a conversation, and ordering food at a restaurant.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I refer a child to this service?
Referrals can be made by a number of interested parties including the child’s parent/guardian, physicians, case managers, therapists, or other members of the child’s care team. To refer a child to the SCL program or request more information, call the location-specific numbers below:
- Ames: 515-817-2231
- Iowa City: 319-351-5437
- Johnston: 515-251-5533
Where do services take place?
SCL services take place in an integrated community setting or the child’s home. This is done to help ensure new skills will be used again, and so your child can be confident and independent in their home environment.
When do services take place?
Depending on the skill being learned, services may be provided between 6 am-10 pm, any day of the week. For example, if a child is working to become more independent at getting ready in the morning, the SCL session would take place in her home, during her usual morning routine timeframe.
How often do services take place?
ChildServe’s SCL services must take place at least twice weekly, for 2-4 hours at a time. This allows children and young adults to see the best results in working toward their goals.
What happens if I need to cancel?
Your child is expected to participate in all SCL scheduled shifts. Please make every attempt to reschedule any missed shifts. If cancellation is necessary, please provide notice to your child’s supervisor. Please use the following numbers to report schedule changes.
- Ames on-call supervisor during and after business hours: 515-231-8588
- Johnston during business hours: 515-727-8750
- Johnston on-call supervisor after hours: 515-490-2688
View our Annual Outcomes
ChildServe regularly gathers child and family satisfaction feedback, quality reports, and census data to monitor our services and continuously improve the care and services we provide.
ChildServe – Ames
1915 Philadelphia Street, Ames, IA 50010
ChildServe – Iowa City
1552 Mall Drive, Iowa City, IA 52240
ChildServe – Johnston
5406 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, IA 50131
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ChildServe improves the health and well-being of over 3,600 children each year through specialized clinical, home, and community-based programs and services. We serve children with developmental delays, disabilities, acquired injuries, and other special healthcare needs.