Tribune-Courier News Editor
The Marshall County Exceptional Center will now be offering case management services for adults with mental retardation and developmental delays.
Lindsey Wall, case management administrator for the Exceptional Center, said case managers will be working with clients and caregivers to provide services from other non-profit agencies. Services include occupational, physical and speech therapy, work training and other programs.
Wall said the new service was prompted by a change in the Support for Community Living Waiver that funds some of the programs. Service programs may no longer offer case management for clients under that waiver. A second waiver, the Michelle P Waiver, allows agencies to provide case management for now, but Wall expects it to change soon.
The Exceptional Center provides case management for clients program such as Easter Seals, Community Alternatives, Four Rivers Resource Services, Murray Watch and other services.
“Some agencies have determined without SEL Waiver funding, they have had to cut case management and other services,” Wall said. “As case management we have access to SEL and Michelle P programs.”
Wall said case managers work with clients to create a developmental plan to meet individual needs. Case managers may find services like day training, therapy or transportation for a client.
“We’re able to focus on each individual,and reach out to more people to get them what they need. We’re working to find everyone the best services they can and make sure services are not interrupted by the change,” Wall said.
As of Feb. 4, the Exceptional Center began to offer case management services. Wall said in addition to waiver funds, the center is funded through individual contributions donations from businesses and civic groups and holds a number of fund raisers.
“The state is offering less, but we found a way to get more,” Wall said. “With case management, we can help more people and ensure people get the services and training they need. We hope we will continue to grow,” Wall said.
Wall anticipates 15 or 20 clients receiving case management services by summer.
“We’ll probably be hiring more case managers by fall because there are so many people with needs,” Wall said.