What to Expect at a Meeting
What is a Community Inclusion Planning Meeting (CIPM)?
A Community Inclusion Planning Meeting is a time for members to meet with community and agency representatives to their needs and wishes across multiple areas including:
- Behavioral health physical health, housing, transportation, legal, financial, educational, vocational, social and spiritual needs
Community Inclusion Planning Teams will assist with brainstorming and creating a plan for an individual/family to access resources in the community.
Community Inclusion Planning Teams CAN:
- Support timely access to services to individuals transitioning from treatment facilities, incarceration
- Support service coordination
- Develop ideas and provide connections to community resources to enhance the individual’s quality of life
- Provide technical assistance and support
Community Inclusion Planning Teams CANNOT:
- Provide a clinical recommendation for a particular treatment service or level of care (such a recommendation is the product of a Comprehensive Clinical Assessment)
- Overturn decisions made by Alliance’s Utilization Management Department with regard to the denial or reduction of authorizations of MH/DD/SA services
- Guarantee a particular MH/DD/SA service will be approved by Alliance’s Utilization Management Department as meeting medical necessity
- Approve or guarantee housing funds, such as Independent Living Initiative (ILI) Funding
- Determine eligibility for funding sources (Medicaid or State funding)
Who is on the Community Inclusion Planning meeting team?
The CIPM team represents the individual/family needing support, natural supports (friend, family, people the individual/family trusts), various agencies and organizations in the community.
While CIPM team members represent their organizations, they are expected not to advocate for the interest of their organizations, but rather to focus on the interest of the participant. The members of the team are invited by the Community Support Coordinator. Participants are welcome to bring whomever they want.
The members represent, in no particular order, include Chamber of Commerce members, parks and recreation, mental health providers, Department of Human Services, Department of Social Services, faith-based organizations, peer support groups, schools, vocational rehabilitation, Departments of Juvenile Justice or Public Safety, SSI/SSDI advocate, public health/healthcare provider, and housing agencies.
How long is a Community Inclusion Planning meeting?
Each CIPM is scheduled for one hour. That is usually enough time for you to share assistance needs and to create an Action Plan.
What happens during a Community Inclusion Planning meeting?
Everyone will introduce themselves and his or her role at the meeting.
The individual and/or referral source should be prepared to present information goals. If the person does not feel comfortable speaking, please let me know in advance so we can collaborate before the meeting.
An Action Plan will be developed and reviewed at the conclusion of the meeting. The individual and anyone the participant wishes will receive a copy of the Action Plan.
Who is responsible for the Action Plan?
Each person in attendance is responsible for ensuring the Action Plan can be carried out through assigned support and tasks. This is a collaborative effort and each person has responsibility in ensuring successful outcomes. If there are barriers/challenges with tasks being completed, whoever is responsible for that task will contact another individual in the community that can assist with support for this task (while ensuring confidentiality). If this is not successful, the individual will contact the Community Support Coordinator, Carla Huff at [email protected] or (919) 794-1825.
What happens after Community Inclusion Planning meetings?
You, your support team, and members of the CIPM team will work together to follow up on the Action Plan. The Community Support Coordinator staff member will follow up with the participant, guardian, and referral source at 30,60, and 90 days after a meeting to check on the progress of the Action Plan.
Alliance Health will attempt to assist and support with transportation needs for those that do not have transportation.
As we work hard to include members from a number of community agencies, please extend the courtesy of notifying us within 24 hours if you are not able to attend.