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My brothers current care facility is closing and we are looking to relocate
him to the Bay Area. I am looking for any recommendations on live in care
facilities, day care programs, job training/placement programs, or tips on
where to start our search. He is 38 years old and classified as having low
intellectual functioning (borderline retarded) and delayed development.
Adult care: If your brother is eligible for SSI (and/or meets some other
eligibility requirements) he may be eligible for an in-home caretaker
through In Home Supportive Services (IHSS). Call them at 510-567-8080 for
more info. Also there is a pretty nice Adult Day Care program at Summit
Hospital in Oakland. It's called Summit Adult Day Health Care. Susan
For Brain's search for recommendations on live in adult care
facilities, day care programs, & job training/placement programs - Stepping
Stones Growth Center - (510) 568-3331. I worked there for years; they've
relocated to San Leandro from Oakland. The director is Monte Cohen. They
provide individualized on-the-job training in the real work world and
employment services for adults with special needs. They also provide
one-on-one independent living skills training. They are not a residential
facility. One residential facility I remember is Clausen House in Oakland,
they have several houses around Lake Merritt. I haven't heard much about
them lately so can't really recommend, but I know they are still in operation.
Do you know about the Regional Center of the East Bay? Your brother sounds
like he probably qualifies for their services due to his developmental
disability, as long as his disability was not caused by an injury after the
age of 18. He should have a case manager there finding him all the
appropriate programs (and funding them). They're in Oakland and their
phone # is listed. If you have problems with RCEB call Protection and
Advocacy at 839-0811. They were created by federal legislation to do legal
advocacy for people with developmental disabilities and their families.
You might be interested in Supported Living, a new model to make community
inclusion possible for this population? Check out the web page of Allen &
Shea in Napa (and the link to CIRCL) at
If you have more questions after you've done these things, please feel free
to email me. gibbs1 AT uclink4.berkeley.edu
I suggest the following two places to get info on resources for the adult
sibling who is developmentally delayed:
Family Resource Network 510 547-7322 and
Support for Families of Children with Disabilities (yes- they also can give
info for adults with disabilities). Their number is 415 469-4518.
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