What we are all About
Community Vocational Services, INC is a consumer driven, community-based program. Our primary goal is to provide services and support systems which allow our consumers to live, work and utilize all available opportunities in their community.
We believe our consumers should be involved in all aspects of decisions regarding their lives. We are a Health and Wellness focused program that is implemented to improve the quality of life for our consumers. We respect individual choice. We recognize that freedoms and responsibilities go hand-in-hand to provide our consumers with necessary tools and information to assist them in making informed choices in their own interest.
We actively promote consumer self-advocacy, but will advocate on their behalf if needed or requested. We practice Person Centered Thinking. Person Centered Thinking underlies and guides respectful listening which leads to actions, resulting in people who:
Have positive control over the life they desire and find satisfying;
Are recognized and valued for their contributions (current and potential) to their communities; andare supported in a web of relationships, both natural and paid, within their communities.
Person Centered Thinking Skills are a set of skills that reflect and reinforce values that:
Propel the learning cycle
Help us support rather than fix
Work for individuals
Work at every level in the organization
Build the culture of learning, partnership, and accountability
Affirm our belief that everyone can learn
The purpose of our services is to maximize the quality of each consumer’s life by providing age appropriate activities in the least restrictive natural environments that will offer opportunities for employment, integration and independence in their community.
Community Vocational Services INC provides an overall staff to consumer ratio of 1:3. Ratios are adjusted based on consumer needs. We realize that many consumers may require one-on-one job coaching services for a period of time to adjust or transition to employment.
I Do, We Do, You Do
CVS Inc. uses this teaching method to help ensure consumers independence. This method is a great learning concept that breaks down tasks into smaller manageable and achievable steps. In the first step, I Do, we show the consumer the process to model. In the next step, We Do, we work together with the consumers through the steps to model in this phase. This step acts as a safety net that consumers may need while practicing. The final Step is You Do. Once the consumer has demonstrated the understanding and can independently complete the task they are in this phase. During the entire "I Do, We Do ,You Do" phases, we check for understanding and verify that the consumers can complete the tasks correctly at their own pace.
Anticipated Individual Outcomes
A comprehensive program will be developed that is appropriate to each consumer that will delineate specific, time limited, measurable goals (anticipated consumer outcomes). These goals will be in the areas of improvement in self-help skills, vocational training, supported employment, nutrition and fitness, life skills, communication/ social interaction, community awareness, mobility training, consumer training, recreation/leisure time training, safety awareness, self-advocacy and independent living.
Health and Wellness Focused
Community Vocational Services, INC accepts referrals for all consumers eighteen years of age or older. Consumers should be ambulatory, although consideration will be given to consumers who use wheelchairs that can be transported in a regular vehicle or our specialized van and able to self-transfer in and out of the vehicle. Consumers with communication, toileting and other self-care deficits are eligible for participation in the Community Vocational Services, INC program.
Quality Cost Effective
Call Central Valley Regional Center at 559-276-4300 to be referred to us. Central Valley Regional Center (CVRC) may call to discuss any potential referral within our service area and forward a referral packet consisting of the most recent assessments. Community Vocational Services, INC will review the information, talk with the consumer, family and counselor within 10 working days of receipt of the referral packet and determine the appropriateness of placement for services. Placement will occur upon mutual agreement with the consumer and their representative.
Our training materials are designed to allow staff to train in multiple areas of program curriculum in numerous locations. This new innovative model promotes learning in natural environments and gives strategies that can be applied to our consumer’s everyday lives. We are an Active Treatment Program and strive to teach and train throughout the 6 hour program day.
Our working consumers have specific vocational goals and we assist them in advancing in their jobs and reaping the economic benefits for learning new skills. Training takes place in various vocational job sites to better assess the consumer’s potential and find the best option for successful employment.
Program services are provided in Fresno County, Madera County and in the Kings County area of Hanford, Visalia and Tulare. Programming is conducted in a variety of natural environments located throughout each consumer’s community. These include but not limited to, places of business, retail environments, parks, recreation facilities and office complexes.
Community Integration Employment Training Program
Interdisciplinary Assessment Service
Specialized Therapeutic Services
Mobility Van and more