New Journey Day Program
Open Hands New Journeys to independence is a private provider of waiver, contracted, and private pay day program organization.
Our program is a very diverse program that aims to develop our individuals’ job and social skills. It also focuses on the on engaging individuals with the community through community jobs and community service.
Non- Medical transportation is available to all of our individuals. Transportation to and from the individual residence or from the center as well as to any work site.
Open Hand Of Caring Penn Foundation Supported Living Program makes it possible for people with developmental disabilities to live in a place of their choosing, while receiving necessary services in their place of residence. Supported living clients may live in a family home, an apartment or in a home with other people with developmental disabilities.
Supported living services include skill development, transportation, medical administration and appointment coordination, assistance with banking and bill paying, housekeeping and accessing community resources. Open Hand OCPF helps Supported Living clients tap into other support systems, community connections and technology to increase their independence. Residents and their families are involved in all aspect of planning for their living arrangements and care.
OADSP Paths Project
This project is specifically designed for the Direct Support Professional (DSP) staff working in the field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).
The results have been tremendous and care providers are learning new and exciting skills, taking this learning back to their agencies and exhibiting new confidence and professionalism in their work with individuals with IDD.
This learning does not come easy. Candidates attend community support skill classes taught by a very experienced faculty. They discuss a code of ethics for this field, study with an assigned skill mentor, and complete a portfolio to show how what they’ve learned in our classroom settings can be applied to their actual work sites.
PATHS Project History
The PATHS project has been several years in the making. A small group of dedicated stakeholders met in 1997 to first develop the concepts for a more enhanced staff credentialing program, something more than the mandatory statewide training efforts. This group later became the Ohio Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (OADSP). The OADSP worked from 1997 to 2001 to secure funding for this project. The Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA) helped the OADSP apply for funding to the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (ODDC) to create the PATHS project. OPRA continues to be the fiscal agent and supporting entity for this effort. In 2002, the ODDC awarded a three-year funding grant to support OPRA and the OADSP to develop this pilot credentialing program. We have been working in three areas of the state; Cleveland, Toledo and Cincinnati to create this new effort.