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Treatment Programs and Services

The Life Skills & Transition Center works with other providers to deliver effective services in the least restrictive setting. The specialized services provided at the Life Skills & Transition Center are based on individual needs and goals.

Adaptive Equipment Services (AES)

Provide specialized mobility, seating, and adaptive equipment to promote personal independence and health. Through the Mobile Project, staff members bring equipment to homes or service sites across North Dakota to enhance access.

Clinical Assistance, Respite, and Evaluation Services (CARES)

CARES is a consultative service. Staff members work with resources and providers across the state to prevent crisis situations that could cause a person with developmental disabilities to lose jobs, homes, friends, and family contacts. Staff expertise, and beginning in 2009 staff resources, are available to agencies on a fee-for-service basis. Services include discipline consultations, staff training, program development, and accreditation advising, as well as specialty programs for people with developmental disabilities who have complicated healthcare or who are referred because of socially offending behaviors (sexual or physical assaults, or other criminal acts).

Structured Treatment of Offenders Project (STOP)

Provides clinical services for people with developmental disabilities who display socially offending behaviors (sexual or physical assault, or other criminal acts). This includes people who are not able to participate in criminal proceedings (found not fit to proceed) or who voluntarily accept training. There is a specific emphasis on treatment for sexual offenders. Risk assessment and treatment planning assistance are available on a fee-for-service basis through the CARES program.

Forensic Evaluation Team

Provides evaluations for courts on issues of decisional capacity (guardianship), fitness to proceed (adjudicative capacity), and culpability and criminal responsibility. Evaluation is conducted only with court orders and may include time in residence, appointment at the campus offices, or may be completed in the defendant’s community. All forensic evaluations are submitted to the Superintendent’s Office at the ND State Hospital, for which those referencing people receiving developmental disabilities services should be clearly identified – including the name and contact information for the DD Program Manager.

Clinical and Health Services

Available to residents and fee-for-service include: audiology, dentistry, laboratory, medical services, nursing, nutrition services, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, program coordination, psychiatry consultation, psychology, recreation, social services, and speech-language therapy. Other specialized services may be available through contracts.

Positive Behavior Support Committee (PBSC) Peer Technical Review

Provides peer technical review of positive behavior support plans for the consumers receiving services at the Life Skills & Transition Center; REM-ND, Inc.; Friendship, Inc; and Support Systems Inc.

Human Rights Committee

Provides due process review for the consumers receiving services at the Life Skills & Transition Center and REM-ND, Inc. It is available to consumers of other providers of the area as well.

Dakota East Day Program Services

A licensed Day Supports provider, Dakota East provides productive and meaningful work to enable people to reach their work potential. This is accomplished through evaluation trials at various work sites to determine interests, abilities, and training needs. Services are provided in conjunction with physical and occupational therapy, adaptive equipment, and psychological and medical services, as appropriate. Employment training opportunities range from direct employment with a range of support, to enclave and sheltered workshop assignments. Production line rooms, mobile work crews, and community job sites are available for employment experience. Items produced by the employees of Dakota East are available through a variety of retail outlets, including Dakota East operated gift shop. Wholesale products are distributed to many local and regional retailers for value-added processing.

Residential Services

Include 24-hour comprehensive services, which are modeled after the outcome-based approach distributed by The Council (The Council on Quality and Leadership in Supports for People with Disabilities). Supports for people residing at the Life Skills & Transition Center are based on each person's preferences. People live alone or with a roommate. Residents can express their interests and community membership by attending church, shopping, dining out, attending local and regional cultural and sporting events, or taking vacations. Participation in city, regional, state, and national clubs and associations is encouraged and facilitated. Individuals interested in advocating for themselves and others can become involved in committees within the agency, and at regional, state and national levels. Social opportunities are also available on the campus.

Residential Supports at the Life Skills & Transition Center:

  • Structured Treatment of Offenders Project (STOP) people with developmental disabilities and sexual offending behaviors. This is not a 'place' but a coordinated arrangement of supports.
  • Dual Sensory Services – people with developmental disabilities diagnosed with profound intellectual disability and vision and hearing disabilities, who also have severe medical conditions and require complicated care.
  • Medical Services – people with developmental disabilities totally dependent on staff to complete daily cares and have medical concerns that require nursing staff accessibility 24 hours per day.
  • Behavioral Support – people with developmental disabilities present with psychiatric diagnoses and significant challenging behaviors.
  • Adolescent Services – serves young people (ages 16 – 25) with developmental disabilities who have no community service options.
  • HCBS Services - ISLA Transitional Home – serves adults transitioning from the ICF/MR to an HCBS Waivered service in the community operated by center. The individuals are discharged from the ICF/MR Service of the Life Skills & Transition Center when they move to their ISLA home.


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