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All individuals 21 & older, with developmental disabilities who are eligible to receive funding through the Developmental Disabilities Administration in Maryland may qualify for services. NCIA’s Career Development Program staff members can assist individuals and their families in contacting the DDA or the DDA may be contacted directly at 410-234-8200.
The therapeutic supports provided to participants of NCIA Adult Residential Services reflect the same level of attention to the needs and values of the individual as do the skill training services available. We provide nursing care as required by individual needs, including but not limited to: training and monitoring of staff in medication administration, blood pressure monitoring, glucose monitoring, use of inhalers and nebulizers, administration of oxygen, special dietary needs, and dressing changes.
NCIA’s nursing staff also provides scheduled site visitation, 45-day nursing assessments, monitors side effects of psychotropic medications, develops and monitors the Nursing Plan of Care for each individual, and serves as a liaison between participants and their physicians.
Individual and group psychological counseling are also available. Behavioral support plans are developed for each individual, integrating psychiatric, behavioral, and therapeutic treatment through comprehensive and integrated clinical services.
To ensure the safety and well-being of our individuals, NCIA’s Residential Counselors provide 24-hour awake supervision, with staffing ratios determined by individual needs. Our counselors receive all training as required by Maryland’s Developmental Disabilities Administration, as well as training in blood-borne pathogens in accordance with OSHA guidelines (29 CFR §1910.1030).
They also receive training in the special needs of our individuals, which may include, but is not limited to: behavior treatment plans and behavioral supports and interventions, use of mechanical devices and supports, diabetes and asthma management, special dietary requirements, and seizure intervention and follow-up.
We provide 100% transportation. If an individual residing in one our residential homes is enrolled in our Supported Employment Program, we transport them to and from the Career Development Center and/or workplace. We also provide transportation for various functions including shopping trips, program activities and field trips!