TRC has numerous support services that are provided in conjunction with primary programs.
RESIDENTIAL LIVING SKILLS
Residential staff provide group and individual instruction in home management, daily living skills and interpersonal relationships. Classes are taught weekly by residential staff. Nightly curfews are established to maintain a safe, quiet, and secure environment for all. There are two types of Residential Living – dorms and apartments.
STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES
Student Health Services provides nursing and medical care to students enrolled at TRC. Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses and Nurse Assistants who are available 24 hours a day staff the health services unit. There are also physicians and psychiatrists who see clients and are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for any medical problem(s) that may arise. The goal of Student Health Services is health maintenance and independent living through specific health care education. Services include:
• Physician assessment and treatment
• Psychiatric evaluation and management
• Medication administration
• First aid
• Emergency care
• Health education
There is an infirmary where students can be housed for short-term illnesses. A medical dormitory unit is provided for students who need assistance with daily living skills. Students receive assistance with personal care as needed and are individually instructed in self-care skills to help them function as independently as possible and direct their care.
PSYCHIATRIC & PHYSICIAN SERVICES
Consulting physician and Nurse Practitioner are on campus two to three days a week and psychiatrist is on campus one day per week to provide evaluation and treatment of physical and emotional illnesses and are on-call 24 hours a day. All students must be physically and emotionally stable to maintain enrollment in program areas.
Psychological services are offered to help clients understand and deal with various personal issues in order to facilitate vocational and social rehabilitation. Both individual and group counseling are available.
The TRC Recreation Services program is designed to provide activities to enrich attitudes, interests and leisure time experiences. Recreation Services provide a wide variety of activities on campus as well as within the community. General recreation activities include: bowling, basketball, volleyball, table games, softball, fitness, arts and crafts, music, and dances.
Other activities include dinner outings, shopping trips, movies, tournaments and numerous community events. Therapeutic recreation services are provided based upon client need to include an individualized plan of service, promoting psychosocial, neuromuscular and leisure time skills development.
CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES
Each student at the center is assigned a Case Manager who is responsible for coordinating services to insure that the student receives the maximum benefit from his/her program. As the liaison to the referring Rehabilitation Counselor, the Case Manager informs and updates all necessary persons about the student’s progress in his/her service program. The Case Manager serves as a student advocate and is available to provide guidance and support to the student and family.
PHYSICAL AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Support services of occupational and physical therapy may be provided, if needed, while a client is enrolled in other primary programs. The goal of this program is to assist clients with physical disabilities in achieving their maximum level of independence in mobility, self-care and communication in preparation for vocational pursuits.
These support services would be scheduled during a usual class day by the therapist as needed.
JOB SEEKING SKILLS TRAINING AND COMPUTER APPLICATION TRAINING
Students in the Vocational Training programs will receive 6 weeks of Job Seeking Skills Training (JSST) which incorporates computer lab assignments. They also attend weekly Computer Application Training (CAT) throughout the length of their program. These classes occur in addition to the standard training program. These services will equip the student with the skills and tools to seek out a job and keep a job. They will afford them practice opportunities for keyboarding, interviewing, job searching, self-advocacy, use of presentation tools, the Internet and Microsoft Office components, completing job applications, networking, etc. These classes will also be offered to students in specialty programs as it meet their needs.
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY
The TRC Speech-Language Pathology Department provides support services across campus programs to students with a wide-range of cognitive-communication challenges. With the goal of helping students reach their vocational potential, areas of focus include cognitive rehabilitation (memory, attention, executive functioning skills), prescription and/or training on alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) devices, and improvement of functional communication skills (articulation, expressive language, receptive language, reading comprehension, writing, voice). A comprehensive speech-language evaluation is provided as needed and Individualized treatment plans for referred students may include individual and/or group therapy to include social skills training groups, and emotional management groups. As indicated, TRC speech-language pathologists (SLPs) participate in utilization review meetings, as well as problem-solving and strategy meetings. They are active in the interdisciplinary development of student-specific strategies focused on maximizing care and helping individuals overcome performance challenges directly or indirectly related to speech, language, and cognitive needs.
PLACEMENT SERVICES (Business Employment Consultants)
The Business Employment Consultants (BECs) work with TRC students and their VR Counselors to facilitate employment connections in their hometown. The BECs also establish contacts with employers to educate them on the benefits of hiring TRC students. These connections not only identify hometown employers and connect the student to current job openings, but also provide a means to eliminate potential barriers prior to application for employment.
The Deaf Services Program exists to ensure access to TRC for those who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind. This is accomplished by the provision of sign language interpreters, communication technology, and other support services to create a “deaf-friendly” environment. Basic American Sign Language and Deaf Culture are taught to the staff and students to provide good communication and understanding of those within the Deaf Community. The Coordinator of Deaf Services meets often with deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind students as well as their case managers to meet the individual needs for accommodation.
AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS (ASD)
The Tennessee Rehabilitation Center offers services to assist individuals who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis. Some behaviors associated with this disorder include complications with social and communication skills, and at times, difficulty with day to day functioning – whether at school, work, or interpersonally. Because of the special and specific needs of each individual, an ASD Team identifies potential students prior to admission and develops a customized plan of services to best meet their individualized needs. Some of the services provided upon enrollment include Observational Assessments; Speech-Language evaluations and therapy; Social Skills Training and Group Therapy.
TRC provides behavioral services which includes a citizenship program that educates students on how to demonstrate appropriate behaviors that lead to success at home and at work. Participation in these services includes training in responsible decision making, choices and consequences and permits students to participate in numerous special outings, events and civic activities.