“Enriching the lives of children and young adults"

It is the mission of Agape Inn to provide each individual, regardless of ability, with a respectful, safe, nurturing, and supportive environment, designed to create positive change towards the acquisition of new skills, foster relationships, and promote personal independence.

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INTAKE PROCEDURES

Agape Inn accepts individuals between the age of birth and twenty-one who display a wide range of abilities and challenges. Generally, individuals who are admitted to Agape are developmentally delayed, emotionally unstable, and/or diagnosed with a mental illness. Often residents also have mild to complex medical conditions. Diagnoses may include but are not limited to:

PDD (Pervasive Development Disorder)
ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder)
ADHD (Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder)
PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)

Agape Inn is unable to accept referrals of individuals who are sex offenders, substance abusers, fire setters, or those whose medical/psychiatric condition may require a hospital setting.

PROCESS
1. Although referrals generally are made by the Department of Children and Families (DCF), they may also be made by other state agencies including the Department of Education (DOE), the Department of Mental Retardation (DMR), and the Department of Public Health (DPH), the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB), as well as public school districts, local service agencies, and parents/guardians.

2. Upon receipt of the referral material (which may include, but is not limited to, a social history, a medical history, current medications, psychological and psychiatric assessments, a current IEP, and the DCF service plan) it is reviewed by the admissions team.

3. Within forty-eight (48) hours (2 business days) the referral source is contacted to clarify/confirm funding and to request additional information, as appropriate.

4. A pre-placement visit to Agape will be scheduled for the individual, the parent/guardian, social worker, and other interested parties. The visit will include:

Tour of facilities
Introduction to staff and residents
Program overview
Discussion of current and past placements
Review of school or work program and related transportation
Completion of application form and assessments
Review of the Intake Packet (including policies and consent forms)
Review of placement agreements
Review of anticipated time lines

5. The decision to accept an individual is made by the Program Director based on input provided by the admission team. Consideration is given to the space available, determination of funding, and the applicant’s overall appropriateness.

6. An intake date is established and a written notice of acceptance is forwarded to the referring agency and the parents/guardian. Notification is also provided to the school or day program.

7. In the event an individual is not appropriate for Agape, a written explanation will be provided for the referral source. If possible, this will include suggestions for alternative placements.

8. Prior to, or on, the date of intake it is expected that the intake materials will be completed, including the signed placement agreement and consent forms.

9. Upon intake, the Agape Inn staff will determine the date of the individual’s six (6) week evaluation and begin the resident’s orientation process.

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