In accordance with the desired goals of One Way Farm of Fairfield, Inc., the following clarification is made concerning the matter of intake and discharge of children.
It is the responsibility of the Placement Administrative Assistant to obtain for the agency sufficient information (case history, medical records, academic records, etc.) for the purpose of sharing such data and other information with other staff and assisting them in seeing a needed plan of service. The responsibility for making a decision regarding the acceptance of a child for care is found in one of the following: (1) Executive Director, (2) the person delegated by the Executive Director.
If there is strong disagreement regarding the acceptance of a particular child - the case will be given to the Executive Director for study, discussion, questions, and consultation, after which the Executive Director will make a decision that is final. We are a State Licensed Home and are at the needs and disposal of counties and courts.
The discharge of a child from care for reasons other than the completion of the objectives and plan will be made by one of the following: the Executive Director, the person delegated by the Executive Director, or the placing agency.
Each child coming into care comes in under a trial basis. It is important that staff make every effort when possible to assist the child through this process, not using the time to find those things, which cause a fail situation.
The facility may, at the discretion of the Executive Director, discharge any child they feel is a threat to the staff, other residents, or is of undesired behavior (fire-setter, sever emotional disturbances, etc.)
By request or legal means, Social Services, or administrative assistant having done the intake study and having the knowledge and impressions of others, including staff, will formulate a basic service plan (acknowledging that the plan may of necessity have to be changed later.)
No child shall be admitted to One Way Farm of Fairfield, Inc., who is under the age of six or over the age of eighteen, unless they aredevelopmentally disabled allowing them to remain until they are 22 years of age.
One Way Farm of Fairfield, Inc., shall not accept into care any child for whom the services provided by One Way Farm of Fairfield, Inc., are not appropriate or sufficient.
One Way Farm of Fairfield, Inc. may accept a child for placement from any legally approved source.
One Way Farm of Fairfield, Inc. shall maintain admission logs, which shall include the name of each child admitted, the date of admission, the child's date of birth and the date of discharge. These records will be kept for five years.
Upon admission, One Way Farm of Fairfield, Inc. shall assign a direct care staff member to orient the child to life at the facility, facility rules and consequences for violation of rules. A licensed physician, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse or physician's assistant must check each child for injury or illness within five business days.
Upon admission, if a child comes that cannot speak English, One Way Farm of Fairfield, Inc. will have someone on staff to interpret or One Way Farm of Fairfield, Inc. will contact an appropriate interpreter.
One Way Farm of Fairfield, Inc. shall have for each child admitted a written report from a licensed physician that the child received an E.P.S.D.T. (Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment), a program which provides well-child care to Medicaid-eligible children. As equivalent examination for a non-Medicaid-eligible child will be provided. These examinations shall be conducted within thirty days and updated annually.
Unless information is available documenting that a child has had a dental examination within six months prior to admission to One Way Farm of Fairfield, Inc., each child shall receive a dental examination within thirty days of admission. Each child shall receive a dental examination annually, thereafter, and whenever the dentist or an interim condition indicates need for examination or treatment. Optical exams shall be provided when indicated by a Physician. Examinations completed shall be documented and included in each child's case record.
The One Way Farm of Fairfield, Inc. has designed into its operation a monitoring and self-evaluation plan. Any new resident at One Way Farm of Fairfield, Inc. must undergo an intake process. During that period, a past history file is made if possible and intake forms are completed. The past history file includes the youth's psychological testing data, family background, and medical and social history. The intake process involves a counseling interview to assess the problems that brought the youth to One Way Farm of Fairfield, Inc. unless it is an emergency and not possible at the time of placement. Approximately each week thereafter, the staff, counselors or guardian will discuss each resident's progress and behavior. Monthly reports are also sent to the referring agency to keep them informed of the resident's progress on a monthly basis. Services Plans in accordance with state regulations are signed and sent to the placing agency. Each facility surveys its programs and activities to determine the effectiveness of its program and any possible improvements. The Executive Director then evaluates each facility according to the previous year's goals and objectives and sets the next year's goals.
A description of the educational programs available to residents of One Way Farm of Fairfield, Inc. is as follows:
The residents of One Way Farm of Fairfield, Inc. have access to the following schools and educational programs:
- Alternative School
- Fairfield West Elementary School
- Fairfield Middle School
- Fairfield Freshman School
- Fairfield High School
- Butler Tech
- Hope Academy
- St. Aloysius
- Fairfield Intermediate
All current policies of One Way Farm of Fairfield, Inc. are available to all employees of One Way Farm of Fairfield, Inc. The manual is required reading upon employment. One Way Farm of Fairfield, Inc. mission statement is routinely provided to any agency placing a child at One Way Farm of Fairfield, Inc., and is available to the public upon request. One Way Farm of Fairfield Inc. shall ensure that all reasonable efforts are made by One Way Farm of Fairfield, Inc. and staff to implement all current written policies of One Way Farm of Fairfield, Inc. and that all activities and programs occur in accordance with such policies.