Welcome to Elm
services to people with disabilities since 1959
Based Agency Providing Work, Vocational, Residential and Social Services
- We help people with
disabilities be independent and live in the community.
- We serve over 200 people a day.
- We have over 100,000 square feet of production space with 9 docks
and over $500,000 of shrink-wrap packaging equipment. Our customers are in
retail stores through out North America. We can provide
specialized packaging in almost any volume.
- We have offer certified confidential shredding for documents.
- We have residential programs throughout Jacksonville.
- We have been nationally
accredited by CARF since 1972.
CARF REVIEW IS DONE
Elm City has been nationally accredited by the
Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) since it was first required by
the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) over 30 years ago. DHS\Division of
Developmental Disabilities and DHS\Division of Rehabilitation Services no longer
require it, but DHS\Division of Mental Health does. Our
Survey was 2/19/2014 through 2/21/2014. We went through the Behavior Health
standards since they are required by Rule 132. Virtually all the standards
we covered are the same as we would have had through Employment and
Community Services standards. This effort came from the hard work of many
people. We ended up with 7 recommendations, several of which were simple
policy statements. The surveyors were very thorough, but were also here to
with service suggestions they have seen around the country. We should hear
the results by mid April.
Throughout a typical year,
Elm City goes through multiple surveys and reviews to make sure we are
providing good quality programs and facilities: DHS\Bureau of Accreditation
Licensure and Certification, DHS\Bureau of Quality Management, DHS financial
reviews, State Fire Marshall, DMH post payment reviews, facility reviews for
HVAC/electrical/safety systems, insurance reviews, financial audits. They all require
significant preparation work to make sure we comply with the various regulations we
are required to
Winter is here so pay attention to winter storm
warnings. In the last several years, there have been times when our parking lots
are simply filled with 2
feet of snow and 4 foot drifts and the plows cannot get to us. It is
possible we could be closed for several days. Remember to watch TV and
listen to the radio when weather gets bad. If Jacksonville District 117
schools are closed, so is our program on Walnut.
RADIO: We will
call WLDS 1180 AM/WEAI 107.1 FM and WJVO105.5 FM/WJIL 1550 AM radio by
TV: We will
call WICS Channel 20 Springfield and Channel 10 on Mediacom
The residential programs never close. All staff
scheduled to work a residential shift and stuck at home by weather
conditions, must call in so we can find a substitute. Substitute residential
staff can come from any area, but they must also be authorized to provide
specialized services in the various homes so we could be limited in who can provide
coverage. This will become more important as we add homes.
If Walnut is closed staff are still expected to come to
work or it will cost a vacation/personal day. If you live out of town
be very sure we are open if the regional weather forecast is bad. We will
get salt spread and snow removal done as fast as possible. We have five
properties to shovel: Walnut, Appomatox, Westfair, Shiloh, and Brooklyn.
RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS GETTING READY TO
The remodeling of our two most recent homes is coming along
well. They should be ready in January 2014. One will be
100% accessible by people in wheel chairs. The other will simply be a
regular home. Both are converted duplexes which will allow each person to
have their own bedroom if that is needed. Each home will have 24 hour staff
to assist with whatever needs to be done. We are on the market for two more
homes that meet the CILA requirements. By the time this is all done we
will have 6 group homes and over 20 apartments throughout Jacksonville. We
have been talking with DDD Transitions about people we know who moved from
JDC and want to return to Jacksonville.
If you know someone with a disability who is looking for a
residential setting have them contact Judy Leak at 217-245-9504.
Elm City Lawn crews keeping JDC looking
We have a state use contract with the State
of Illinois to maintain the lawn at Jacksonville Developmental Center (JDC)
through 2015. JDC itself may be closed, but the grass keeps growing. It is
our job to keep the grounds looking good. The job requires cutting 61 acres
around buildings, trees, streets, gardens, and sidewalks. Our mowing crew
uses four large John Deere 31 horsepower mowers with 5' and-6' decks, hand
mowers for tight spots, string trimmers, and groundskeepers. All our mower
operators need to be able to work relatively independently to cover the
acres we need to cut and get it done within the contract time allowed.
Everyone gets trained on how to safely run the mowers and use the other
equipment. The crew uses a 2013 Dodge RAM
Truck with a 16' trailer to move the equipment to the mowing sites and pick
up materials. This has been a very good job for our
crews who have done a great job.
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