Community Life Engagement, CLE, Supported Living, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, I/DD, Developmental Disabilities, ThinkWork, # H133G140150, #90DN0295
Rehabilitation and Therapy | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Work | Sociology | Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling
Headquartered in a small rural town in northern Maine, Katahdin Friends, Inc. (KFI) provides community employment and life engagement supports, as well as home supports, to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). KFI’s services extend throughout northern and southern Maine, including the cities of Portland and Bangor. A flexible approach to staffing and support scheduling helps KFI ensure customized daily support schedules that meet individual goals. This approach also allows individuals to interact with a variety of direct support professionals, which is important for having a more engaged and meaningful life in the community. As of July 2016, KFI supported 66 people with IDD through combinations of home, community, and work supports, and 28 people with a variety of disabilities in shortterm job development funded by the public vocational rehabilitation program.
Boeltzig, Heike and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston, "Service Provider Promising Practice: Flexible Scheduling and Creative Staffing - KFI’s Support Solutions" (2017). ThinkWork! Publications. 45.