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Georgia Quality Management System - Department of Behavioral ...

GQMS Year 3 Annual ReportJuly 2010 – June 2011of the main focuses should be on community outreach and education regarding developmentaldisabilities.Statewide QI CouncilThe Council’s project plan to improve supports and services related to choice continued in Year 3. TheGuideline to Support Choice was developed and endorsed by the Division of DD:An individual has the right and the power to select from a variety of options, with an awarenessof the risks and responsibilities of those options. Success of choice is measured by the amountof control an individual has over his/her life.Magnets and cards were printed and distributed at training sessions conducted by Delmarva and also atprovider meetings. The Council discussed how to share information collected during last year’s project,regarding best practices related to supporting choice for people and using a person centered approach. Iwas decided to develop a Blog to enhance communication, share ideas and develop a consortium forstakeholders.Several meetings were held to design and develop the Blog and prepare for implementation. The mainfocus of the Blog is for stakeholders to share best practices, seek assistance from each other and shareinformation. The Blog address is http://gaddmakingithappen.wordpress.com. A template of differentcategories to be used on the Blog was developed including the following sections: best practices, successstories, identify challenges to seek advice, and new policies and/or legislative updates.The Council also analyzed data and began discussions about the drop in community inclusion across thestate and the potential to use that for the next quality improvement initiative. An ad-hoc report wasrequested and reviewed related to recommendations generated during the Delmarva reviews that arerelated to community inclusion. Ensuing discussions related to the fear of liability and the developmentof natural supports.Joint Statewide Annual QI Council MeetingThe joint Statewide QI Council meeting was held on September 15 th . The “Meet and Greet Meeting” onSeptember 14th was attended by self advocates, family members, Regional staff, providers, supportcoordinators, Delmarva staff and a representative from HSRI. Participants reviewed the agenda for themeeting the next day and participated in a session regarding self advocate participation on the QICouncils.________________________________________________________________________________________________August 31, 2011 22