Transition Services

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    Begin with the End in Mind

    Our goal in GPISD is student achievement. Transition services, which is a process of preparing students for post-secondary life, align with that goal. We begin the process of planning for post-secondary life as early as elementary school teaching basic independent skills; however, transition is specifically addressed in the student's IEP in 8th grade or at 14 years of age, whichever comes first. The Special Education department in GPISD offers a continuum of services that are outlined in a student's IEP and aligned with their needs and interests. Some of these services include, but are not limited to:

    Personal Graduation Plan/4 Year Course of Study

    Community Based Vocational Instruction (CBVI)/Community Based Instruction (CBI)

    CBI is a supplemental set of activities for students with an IEP that assist in targeting post-secondary goals that address education, vocational training, and independent living.

    CBI/CBVI instruction can take place around the campus or in the community. Activities around campus should occur routinely and regularly. Activities in the community (outside of school) should supplement classroom activities that are designed around a planned unit of instruction.

    Direct instruction and generalization of academic and functional skills

    Coordinated set of activities target skills related to, but are not limited to, the following to assist students with their journey beyond high school:

    • College readiness
    • Vocational Preparation
    • Everyday Academics
    • Home and Personal Living
    • Recreation and Leisure

    Related Services

    Government Agency Connection

    18+ Transition Programs

    All students participating in 18+ Transition Services must have received modifications during high school while completing their academics.  A student who received modifications, will need to show an area of educational need to receive services, determined through classroom data and transition assessments. Goals will then be considered with evidence of mastery determined. The IEP must have services outlined with time, frequency, and duration on the schedule of services pages. If they did not receive modifications during the time of meeting state graduation requirements, then FAPE eligibility has ended per 89.1070(a) and they cannot access 18+ programs. 

    A student who qualifies for transition services, met course and statewide assessment requirements for graduation, is between the age of 18 and 21, and has been recommended by the ARD committee will be considered for 18+ Transition Services.  

    The mission of our 18+ Transition Services is to provide opportunities for adult students who are 18-21 years of age with intellectual or developmental delays to engage in instructional activities to improve their vocational, self-care, and life skills. 

    The goal for these students is to gain more independence and employability skills to prepare them for competitive, supported, or integrated employment, and independent, supported, or attendant care living.  

  • 18+ Programing

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    18+ Employment

    A student whose post-secondary goals focus on employment and will require minimal to moderate supports when accessing the community can be considered for 18+ Employment.  The goal is for these students to become employed either competitively or with minimal supports.  The adult student's post-secondary goal for independent living is an independent or supported living arrangement.  This program is offered at South Grand Prairie High School. 

    Students must meet the following prerequisite skills: toilet independently or with minimal supports and free of significant behaviors.

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    18+ Independent Living at The EPIC

    A student whose post-secondary goals for independent living focus on living in a supported living arrangement or at home with a caregiver will be considered for 18+ Independent Living.  Through innovation, Grand Prairie ISD and The EPIC have come together to create an environment that promotes inclusiveness and personal achievement. This partnership allows students graduating from GPISD to build relationships in their community that will follow them through their adult lives resulting in better post-secondary outcomes and quality of life.

    This programing provides students with the skills they need to access community settings freely and independently.  Students who are participating in 18+ Independent Living will access culinary classes, art classes, adapted physical fitness, and community outings. Students are taught social skills, community safety, independent living skills, and other valuable skills needed to achieve their dreams and goals. This program is tied to the South Grand Prairie High School campus.

    Students must meet the following prerequisite skills: toilet independently or with minimal supports and free of significant behaviors.

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    18+ Daily Skills

    A student whose post-secondary goals focus on volunteerism and community involvement will be considered for 18+ Daily Skills. The post-secondary goal for these students is community involvement or volunteerism and living in a supported arrangement or at home with caregivers.  Students who participate in this program require significant to moderate supports to manage behavior and/or health needs. This program is offered at South Grand Prairie High School.

    The adult student does not need to be able to toilet independently or be free of significant behaviors to participate.

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Texas Transition and Employment Guide

  • The Texas Education Agency in collaboration with Statewide Leadership in Secondary Transition and Post School Results at Education Service Center Region 11 are pleased to announce that the Texas Transition and Employment Guide has been posted to the website and is located at www.transitionintexas.org

    The purpose of this guide is to provide information on statewide services and programs that assist students with disabilities in the transition to life outside of the public school system.

    Web link to the 2018 Texas Transition and Employment Guide-English, Spanish, and ePub

  • The agencies represented here are not identified as recommendations, but only as information for you our families. We recognize that many other agencies and resources may be able to support your family. If you are needing additional information, please contact Amy Reeves or your case manager. 

  • Texas Medicaid Waiver Program Lists

    Medically Dependent Children Waiver Program (MDCP)

    The program provides services to support families caring for children and young adults who are medically dependent and to encourage de-institutionalization of children in nursing facilities. Texas Health and Human Services employees provide case management services. To be placed on the interest list call 1-877-438-5658

    Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS)

    CLASS provides home- and community-based services to people with related conditions as a cost-effective alternative to placement in an intermediate care facility for individuals with an intellectual disability or a related condition. A related condition is a disability, other than an intellectual disability, that originated before age 22 and that affects a person's ability to function in daily life. To be placed on the interest list call 1-877-438-5658. A PDF with more information is available at Texas Health and Human Services Website for CLASS.

    Home and Community-Based Services (HCS)

    The Home and Community-based Services program provides individualized services and supports to persons with intellectual disabilities who are living with their family, in their own home or in other community settings, such as small group homes. To be placed on the interest list call 1-877-438-5658. A PDF with more information is available at Texas Health and Human Services Website for HCS.

    Texas Home Living Waiver (TxHmL)

    TxHmL provides selected essential services and supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who live in their family homes or their own homes. to be placed on the interest list contact Metrocare Services at 214-333-7000. A PDF with more information is available at Texas Health and Human Services Website for TxHmL.

    Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities Waiver (DBMD)

    The DBMD program provides home and community-based services to people who are deaf-blind with multiple disabilities as a cost-effective alternative to institutional placement. The program focuses on increasing opportunities for consumers to communicate and interact with their environment. To be placed on the interest list call 1-877-438-5658. A PDF with more information is available at Texas Health and Human Services Website for DBMD.

    Tips from Children's Health Weblink to Children's Health

    • Sign up for all interest list
    • Ask for a letter of confirmation once placed on each of the waiver programs
    • If you receive a letter or phone call you must respond or risk being removed from the wait list.
    • If you move or change your phone number contact Texas Health and Human Services or Metrocare to update.
    • Call at least once a year to verify where you are on the interest list and verify all contact information is correct.

    Texas Medicaid "Entitlement" Program Lists

    Personal Care Services (PCS)

    PCS is a Medicaid benefit that helps clients with everyday tasks. For more information visit Texas Health and Human Services website-PCS or call toll free at 1-888-276-0702.

    Personal Home CARE (PHC)

    This program is a nontechnical, medically related personal care service provided to adults whose health problems cause them to be functionally limited in performing activities of daily living, according to a statement of medical need. PHC provider agencies also provide Family Care services. This service also is a nonskilled, nontechnical service provided to eligible clients who are functionally limited in performing daily activities. To be placed on the interest list call 1-822-937-2372. For more information visit Texas Health and Human Services-PHC.

    Community Attendant Services (CAS)

    Community Attendant Services is a non-technical, medically related personal care service that is available to eligible adults and children whose health problems cause them to be functionally limited in performing activities of daily living according to a practitioner's statement of medical need. Services are provided by an attendant. To be placed on the interest list call 1-855-937-2372. For more information visit Texas Health and Human Services-CAS.

    Day Activity and Health Services (DAHS)

    Licensed Day Activity and Health Services facilities provide daytime services, up to 10 hours per day, Monday through Friday, to people who live in the community. Services address physical, mental, medical and social needs. People may attend up to 5 days per week, depending on their eligibility. To be placed on the interest list call 1-855-937-2372. For more information visit Texas Health and Human Services-DAHS.

    Community First Choice (CFC)

    Senate Bill 7 from the 2013 Texas Legislature requires the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to put in place a cost-effective option for attendant and habilitation services for people with disabilities who have STAR+PLUS Medicaid coverage.

    A federal option, called Community First Choice, allows states to provide home and community-based attendant services and supports to Medicaid recipients with disabilities. This option provides states with a 6 percent increase in federal matching funds for Medicaid for these services. To be placed on the interest list call Metrocare Services at 214-333-7000. For more information visit Texas Health and Human Services-CFC).

     

     

     

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