Children and Youth Services
DSNWK has made a commitment to provide support to children and youth and their families in appropriate natural settings. Through parent and professional collaboration, the goal is to secure appropriate community-based and family centered services to enable the child to remain in their homes, foster homes, and communities. Services are identified, developed, and provided in the home, school, and community to best meet the needs of both the child and the family.
Services are made available through a variety of funding sources including the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver for individuals with intellectual disabilities and/or developmental disabilities. Through the HCBS waiver and other funding sources, services can be tailored to meet the needs of the individual. Som of the services provided include:
Service Coordination (case management) For more information, click the link to go to the Service Coordination page.
Support within the child's school/educational program, including participating in Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings, as requested.
Assistance in researching and securing funding for services, equipment, resources, and locating service providers for the youth and their family.
Transition Services, including assistance with changes in the child's life such as school transitions, family changes, and medical changes.
Life Planning - each youth has an individualized Life Plan that is developed with the individual, their family, and their support network. The Life Plan is a document that addresses the person's needs, goals, and interests as they progress from childhood to adulthood.