Mission: The organization's mission is to affect positively the quality of life for persons with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities, to meet their multiple needs and those of their families, and to prevent developmental disabilities and minimize their effects.
Programs: See schedule o. Residential services:the organization provides nurturing homes for 96 children and adults with developmental disabilities. There are four long-term care residential facilities located on beautiful, spacious lots in beautiful neighborhoods, with each long-term care home having three homes (8 beds per home) at each location serving a total of 96 residents. The floor plans and furnishings reflect those found in typical homes with thoughtful consideration to adaptations for the people served. The icf program provides 24-hour nursing care, along with a full complement of therapeutic services to include physical, occupational and speech therapy and registered direct support professionals.
see schedule o. Medical services:miami cerebral palsy operates its residential homes with registered and licensed nurses 24 hours per day, including nursing support at the life long learning program. The agency has a medical director who makes rounds weekly and is on-call twenty four hours a day. The nursing department is managed by a qualified director of nursing, and each location is assigned a registered nurse/health care coordinator whose sole responsibility is to oversee the clinical component of the individuals residing at each specific location as well as to supervise the nurses. Miami cerebral palsy collaborates with other physicians, and the homes are located near baptist hospital, kendall regional hospital and miami children's hospital. Jackson memorial hospital and joe dimaggio are utilized for other consults with various specialists in meeting the multiple needs of the individuals. A comprehensive individualized health care plan is developed for each individual requiring one; health risk factors are identified with appropriate interventions. The health care plan is incorporated as part of the individual's habilitation process and it is monitored by the interdisciplinary to ensure the best possible health outcomes. Part of the individual's health care plan development is the inclusion of the licensed and registered dietitian, who not only assures a well balanced diet but offers a menu that it is inclusive of various cultures while remaining nutritious. Miami cerebral palsy specializes in supporting individuals who are fed via enteral means, (via tube), and through the collaboration of the interdisciplinary process, proactively assesses and works towards the elimination of dependence on enteral feedings to consumption of nutrition orally (whenever possible), with a high success rate. Another specialized area for mcprs is our own in house respiratory therapist who is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Through the collaborative efforts of the nursing staff and that of the respiratory therapist, aggressive treatment is provided, often decreasing the need for hospitalizations and increasing participation in activities of daily living.
see schedule o. Training and therapeutic:the programs, supports, and services offered at the mcprs adult day training center engage individuals in new experiences and opportunities to learn and use new skills and create a rich circle of friends and support people. Careful planning ensures the services individuals receive integrate with the support they receive in their homes. This planning is further enhanced by mcprs' residential staff accompanying individuals to the day program and returning home with them. Program services are provided in three primary areas. These include instructional service from miami-dade county adult basic education teachers and mcprs' exceptional student education teachers, therapeutic and medical support. Therapeutic and medical support services are provided by: a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, speech pathologist, dietitian, and nursing staff. The program is staffed to provide an appropriate ratio of direct support professionals to individuals under the direction of certified teachers. Each staff participates in extensive orientation, on-the-job training, and on-going competency based training to ensure the highest quality of service and support is provided. The associate director oversees the operations and staffing of the facility and works with the teachers and interdisciplinary team to provide enriching programs and activities. Each individual has a personalized goal plan and participates in a thematically spacious arranged classroom. Currently, mcprs offers classrooms geared towards basic academic skills, communication skills, activities of daily living skills, sensory stimulation and enhancement, and seniors programming. Each classroom has an adult basic education teacher from the miami-dade county public schools or, mcprs teachers and direct support professionals from the mcprs residential program. The classroom activities and ambiance is guided by the needs of the individual and an overall vision of the specific area of service being offered and provides exposure to a variety of learning intended to form and develop individual interests among students. For example, the communication classroom runs specific goals for individuals and also offers a variety of group activities to practice and enrich those goals and skills.