Who does Roosevelt Warm Springs (RWS) serve?
Persons with disabilities who are served by the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA).
How does someone get into the program?
Most applicants are referred through a Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Field Counselor from the client’s home area.
The VR Field Counselor must first:
determine that the person is eligible and qualified for agency services
complete a needs assessment
determine what service providers would be most appropriate to assist the person to move toward successful employment.
If the VR Field Counselor and client agree that RWS is the most appropriate option for training, the VR Field Counselor will submit a referral to RWS.
How much does it cost to attend RWS?
State and federal funds are used to pay for RWS services for existing VR clients. There are no direct out-of-pocket costs charged to the VR client for services and room & board. A student would need some incidental spending money while here to cover needs such as transportation costs for visits home (i.e., bus tickets, etc.), personal hygiene products, clothing, and/or cleaning products needed during their stay.
If the Financial Needs assessment by the VR Field Counselor has determined that the client does not meet the criteria for agency paid services, and there is a miscellaneous expense incurred, the client and/or family would be expected to cover that cost.
What are the age requirements?
Student should be at least age 18 at the time of admission. RWS accepts referrals six months prior to a student’s 18th birthday. There is no maximum age. Although RWS students tend to be those transitioning from high school to work, RWS does offer services to any aged client being served through VR. If a high school student wishes to attend RWS after completing high school, he/she should request that their VR Field Counselor submit a referral no later than February to ensure that the student has a response prior to graduation so they can make alternate plans if not approved by RWS.
What types of disabilities do you accept into the program?
RWS serves VR clients, not certain disabilities.
Is there an IQ requirement?
RWS looks at functional limitations and whether the person meets admission criteria. In terms of persons with intellectual or cognitive deficits, please keep in mind that students must be able to follow a daily routine with flexibility, manage their self-care, get themselves up for their day independently, navigate the campus independently after being oriented, ask for help when needed, not be easily influenced or vulnerable to being taken advantage of, manage their unstructured time, and have the ability to make decisions with regards to personal safety and health. Students must be able to make decisions in regards to health and safety without close supervision.
What level of supervision is provided to the students?
The level of supervision provided at RWS is minimal. Staff members are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for assistance, but do not accompany students throughout campus. This setting is much like a college campus in that the students are allowed to make decisions about their activities outside of class and work and have a high level of independence and freedom.
If someone required a paraprofessional to be with them full-time in the school setting or parents are not comfortable leaving them without supervision, the client most likely would not be able to manage this level of independence.
What precautions are used to assure students’ safety on campus?
VR Clients are screened using the Admission Criteria Documentation, provided as part of the referral packet. This assists the Admissions Review Committee to determine if the client meets criteria. Clients must be able to self monitor, make safe decisions for personal safety, and self-structure during times when there are no scheduled activities.
Facility Police are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be reached by radio by staff members at all times. Facility Police also patrol the campus regularly on foot and in their vehicles.
How are rooms assigned and roommates determined in the Residential Complex?
Student rooms are assigned based on availability. New students are placed in a double occupancy room with a same sex student. As the student progresses in their program and demonstrates they are independent, reliable, and responsible and have no disciplinary or clinical issues, they may move to an apartment with one, two, or three other (same sex) students. It should not be expected that a student will move to an apartment since this is a decision made based on availability and the student’s particular needs.
Will parents have input into the services and programs the student participates in?
Student program goals are identified by the VR Field Counselor. Parents are respected as an important contributor to the student’s success in the program at RWS. The student is encouraged to keep his / her family informed of what is going on during their program. Students work closely with their RWS Counselor and the VR Field Counselor to develop short and long term goals.
How long does it take to get into RWS?
Once it is determined that the VR Client meets RWS admission criteria, the admission date is determined by variables including, the availability of services needed, bed availability, etc.
How long is the program?
The length of stay at RWS is determined by the individual student’s goals, their individual needs, if the student is benefiting and meeting program expectations, and if he/she wishes to continue in the program.