The Autonomy In Motion, “AIM,” program is a Community Living Support (CLS) service to support individuals in achieving a more full and inclusive life, ample with connections within the community.
What We Do
We utilize purposefully, stepped, and progressive experiences to support the person served to achieve their goals. Upon achievement of the service goals, natural supports (residential and/or family) that are present in the person’s life will have the ability to support the person in exercising these abilities as they work to maintain their community engagements post AIM involvement.
How We Do This
Upon entry into the AIM program, individuals will complete a social-leisure assessment that will identify:
- Personal preferences
- Preferred learning styles
- Sought after community roles
This assessment will be the basis for the development of a strategic action plan for community integration. Within 20 service days, this plan shall be completed and provided to the Service Coordinator/Case Manager for inclusion and authorization through the ISP process. The action plan shall include, at a minimum, three measurable objectives that measure the individual’s progress toward achieving their self-selected service goals.
Persons served shall arrive at a scheduled time at the AIM Center (1880 Fisher Rd. SE, Salem, Oregon). This is our facility-based DSA site which serves as a lab for individuals to practice skills essential to community involvements, develop supportive therapeutic cohorts, discuss preferences, brief/debrief community activities, and plan community experiences. They may arrive via bus, residential vehicle, or walk-in. Upon being greeted, those served will be involved in the planned preparation of activity to supports progress toward the goals established in their action plan.
Generally, persons are served up to 25 hours a week between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Specific social and recreational opportunities may be pursued outside of these times. Individuals are assigned a service window between 8 AM- 11 AM, 12 PM-3 PM, or 2 PM-5 PM. Times will vary based on individual needs.
Persons served are accompanied into the community on planning, purposeful outings by staff to gain experience, knowledge, practice skills, develop community-based relationships, and identify/expand preferences. Engagements are progressive and designed to provide optimal growth and progress to attain the community role that they have identified and selected.
We also offer online “virtual” services! These services are designed to provide skill training/practice and to heighten connection with providers or therapeutic cohorts that support their community involvements.
Therapeutic cohorts are the intentional collaborations with a peer or group of peers with like interests and needs for community engagement. Therapeutic cohorts provide invaluable support, encouragement, and mutual aid in learning and performing tasks related to community involvements. Cohorts provide feedback that is unique to the peer group and can assist community involvements outside the regular AIM service by becoming natural support. What better way to see the actualization of goals than to see supported individuals plan their own activity in the community, right?
The AIM Program Coordinator (or whom they delegate) participates in ISP team meetings to review, report, and enhance the proficiency of services.