We operate two 24-hour Prader-Willi service locations staffed with fully-trained direct support professionals who provide personal care and community living supports in accordance with an individual’s plan of service.
Elmhurst is a 6-bed program located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Kinney is a 4-bed program located in Walker, Michigan. Both programs offer 24-hour residential based services.
The homes provide a food secure environment. The kitchen is not accessible to the residents of the home. The home staff prepares all meals and snacks in accordance with each physician-prescribed diet. The menu and meal/snack times are posted in the daily schedule and are followed strictly.
While the homes are capable of providing the full range of personal care and community living supports, the focus for this program is specifically designed to help the resident increase or maintain personal self-sufficiency and achievegreater community inclusion and participation.
In many cases, residents receive assistance in varying degrees with the following activities:
Activities of daily living
Socialization and relationship building
Each house is staffed with direct support professionals who use the Mandt System to engage with residents one-on-one. A DHHS-approved curriculum is used to assist residents with:
Personal care services
Community living support
Medical training and support
Interpretation services are provided by certified personnel on a contract basis.
The homes provide a structured environment that encourages participation in healthy activities and to mitigate anxiety. Exercise is promoted in a number of different ways. Residents are encouraged to use the home exercise equipment, join us at the YMCA, and participate in Special Olympics.
Social activities encouraged in a variety of ways. Residents regularly go to local restaurants with staff. The restaurant menu is reviewed prior to the trip in order to plan what will be ordered and reduce stress at the restaurant. Each year staff accompany the residents to a camp designed for people with PWS. At camp, the residents have the opportunity to experience fishing, boating, dancing, and a number of other activities within a larger peer group. Residents also have the opportunity to participate in weekly equestrian therapy. Sessions are designed to increase the rider’s ability to listen, learn, and communicate.
The homes work with a team of outpatient providers to coordinate care based on individual treatment needs identified in the person-centered planning process. These include:
Registered dietician for nutritional counseling
Direct supports professionals using DHHS-approved curriculum for work skills solutions
Case management-trained supports coordinator for treatment planning and targeted case management
Social worker (LMSW) for individual therapy
Behavior specialist (LMSW, LLP, LPC) for behavioral treatment planning
Registered nurse for nursing assessment
Board-certified psychiatrist for psychiatric evaluation and medication review
Referrals are typically received from community health organizations or behavioral health providers. Services are authorized in accordance with benefits outlined in the Michigan Medicaid Provider Manual.
Mental health condition*
Physical health conditions*
Requires continuous nursing care
Significant danger to self or others
Incompatible with program milieu, current residents
Requires use of isolation or restraint
Client/guardian chooses to discharge
Client does not meet medical necessity criteria for this support/service/treatment
Appropriate alternative services are available which meet medical necessity criteria