A healthy community creates opportunities for everyone to share their gifts and talents and make meaningful contributions. In honor of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, I would like to recognize the incredible work our team is doing to improve the lives of those living with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in our community. Every day, Integral Care works with children and adults living with IDD to make sure they have the tools they need to thrive. We create opportunities for people to form healthy relationships, live in the community, and lead meaningful lives.
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A monthly newsletter from Integral Care
Honoring Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
A Message From Our CEO
In November 2020, we launched Outpatient Biopsychosocial Approach for IDD Services (OBI), alongside four other Local IDD Authorities (LIDDAs). This state-funded pilot program provides outpatient mental health services for people living with both IDD and mental illness, who also have frequent encounters with police, emergency rooms, and/or psychiatric hospitals. Clients participate in an extensive biopsychosocial assessment and person-centered recovery plan to identify needs and goals that will improve their physical and mental health. OBI services include emotional regulation skills training, motivational interviewing, strengthening systems of support, navigating healthcare programs and services, improving physical health, medication monitoring, and complex case management. Most clients are met with weekly, and the client to caseworker ratio is kept intentionally low so that intensive support can be provided. This program is showing very promising results.
- 40 clients served to date, with 14 discharged successfully
- 11 clients experienced a significant improvement in daily functioning due to medication recommendations or monitoring
- 15 clients improved their housing situations
- 7 clients experienced a significant decrease in emergency room or police interactions
- 12 clients connected with essential medical providers
This pilot program was initially planned to run through September 2021 but received funding for another year (through August 2022) after showing encouraging results. Should this pilot program continue to be successful, we are hopeful that the state will fund LIDDAs statewide in the future.
In other news, we’re incredibly grateful to the City of Austin who recently provided funding to expand our respite services for people with IDD, including those experiencing crisis. These services help people stay safely and happily in the community, supports caregivers, and reduces hospitalizations.
To those at Integral Care and across the community who support the needs of people living with IDD, I thank you for your critical, life-changing work. To the rest of the Integral Care team, I thank you for your commitment to reducing stigma and promoting inclusion and accessibility in our community.
Chief Executive Officer
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Highlight: FY23-25 Strategic Plan Update
Every three years, Integral Care creates a Strategic Plan that is built upon our foundational principles and core values. It guides our work to improve the health and well-being of adults and children living with mental illness, substance use disorder and intellectual and developmental disabilities in Travis County. This process includes gathering input from our stakeholders, staff, clients, and collaborators to ensure we are prepared to best serve Travis County and its growing needs.
We are currently developing the FY23-25 Strategic Plan. Last week, our Board of Trustees and Executive Management Team participated in a work session to identify our areas of focus for the coming years. We will launch our new Strategic Plan in September and are excited for what’s to come as we move closer to our vision of Health Living for Everyone.
Highlight: Community Forum: The Rights of People Living with Behavioral Health Needs in Texas
On Tuesday, March 29 at 12 p.m., Integral Care and Disability Rights Texas will present a virtual community forum – The Rights of People Living with Behavioral Health Needs in Texas. Our panel of experts will explore the history and rights of people who live with behavioral health needs, including mental illness, substance use and intellectual and developmental disabilities in Texas. They will also discuss the protection of client information, how the law has changed over time, what the current law is and how this can impact service delivery and access to care. CEUs are available.
Teen Suicide Prevention Videos Win Best of Category
Last year, we created a series of Teen Depression and Suicide Prevention Videos in English and Spanish. They were submitted to the Texas School Public Relations Association Star Awards and won a gold star and Best of Category. Check them out here!
At their February meeting, the Integral Care Board of Trustees approved moving to a $20 per hour minimum pay rate for all Integral Care employees. This increase will go into retroactive effect from January 9th, 2022. The new minimum pay rate will adjust pay for all individuals currently earning less than $20 per hour. This is an additional annual agency investment of $3.1 million in our employees.
Integral Care stands with transgender youth and their families. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, or sex. We work to create an environment that is inclusive for everyone – our clients, our staff, the community. We provide person-centered, trauma-informed care to all clients. We will continue to live our vision of
Healthy Living for Everyone.