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Alternatives, Inc. is a community-based; non-profit organization dedicated to assisting individuals/families with special needs to enable them to reach their highest level of independence and integration into the community.
Moving forward, Alternatives, Inc. is committed to achieving recognition as the social service agency of choice in providing residential and support services to people in the Greater Central New Jersey community. Alternatives, Inc. has a person-centered philosophy that is dedicated to providing each person served the support they need to assist them in achieving their goals. What’s more, Alternatives enables people to reach further to attain their dreams and aspirations.
Alternative’s success is seen in its evolving network of supportive and innovative services that assist people in enhancing their quality of life in their own communities throughout Central New Jersey.
- Residential Services- I/DD
- Mental Health Services
- Franklin House
- Supported Employment
- Day Program- I/DD
- Behavioral Support Services
- Support Coordination
Mental Health Services
Alternatives, Inc. offers Community Support Services for adults with mental health needs in Somerset County. Community Support Services are provided by a team of Licensed Clinicians and Case Management staff who utilize a person-centered approach to help all clients work on their own personal journey towards recovery. Staff work with each client on developing and actively working on individual goals, in order to enhance life skills and independence within their community. Services are flexible and can be enhanced as needed or requested.
Housing options are also available within the Community Support Services program. These are affordable, shared living opportunities throughout Somerset County. Clients may also receive Community Support Services without living in this housing.
Alternatives is licensed, accredited and an approved Medicaid provider.
Community Support Services Include:
- Clinical counseling
- Assistance with daily living skills
- Money management
- Linkages to community resources and medical/mental health providers
Residential Services for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Alternatives serves individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), which encompasses a variety of diagnoses, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, and those who may require behavioral supports and medical oversight. The agency follows an interdisciplinary model, which includes input from a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Registered Nurse (RN), when developing service plans and identifying staff training needs. Management level professionals are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, with a second tier of Director-level professionals who are ready to respond when needed. Alternatives is also an approved vendor for representative payee services. Residential services are provided in Warren, Hunterdon, Somerset, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean Counties. In each region, several programs are geographically clustered creating many benefits including sharing resources such as staffing, recreation, transportation, etc.
Alternatives staff encourage clients to develop their skills in all areas of their lives, helping to foster independence in their home and community. The agency offers individualized services in a variety of residential settings that aim to meet each person’s unique needs. Based on the level of support required, individuals can reside in group home settings or apartment living, where supports are customized to meet the person’s needs. Supports may include health management, medication administration, transportation, meal planning, financial management, recreation, self-care and community involvement.
Alternatives hosts several recreational events throughout the year that are free of charge for those receiving residential services. Additionally, each program plans events and activities around the interests of the individuals. Individuals frequently attend free events or those involving a nominal fee, such as community fairs, festivals, shopping trips, dining experiences, celebrations, movies, theater, etc. A benefit to residences being clustered in similar geographic regions is the ability to offer opportunities for increased socialization.
Abilities in Motion Day Program
The Abilities in Motion (A.I.M.) day program, located in Raritan, New Jersey, provides structured activities and opportunities for growth for those with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Clients work on life skills and social skills in a small group setting.
Services are designed to maximize an individual’s potential and are driven by the individual’s plan and aim to build new skills and interests.
Activities are individualized and include arts and crafts, low impact exercise and community outings, such as trips to the local YMCA, retailers, movies and restaurants. Activities of daily living, including social and money management skills, are practiced regularly.
Technology is integrated into service plans and daily programming.? Behavioral and health services (Applied Behavioral Analysis, Nursing and Occupational Therapy) are available to those who require additional supports.
A.I.M. works collaboratively with Bridges to Employment, a division of Alternatives, to ensure opportunities for job sampling and competitive employment are always considered. A.I.M.'s hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm. Transportation is provided to clients who reside within a 10 mile radius.
?Behavior Support Services
Behavior Specialists support clients by applying the principles of human behavior which are based in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). All staff is trained in Positive Behavior Supports (PBS), giving the staff additional tools to effectively serve and communicate with Alternatives' clients. Applied Behavior Analysis is an evidence-based practice that has been proved successful when specifically applied for the ID/DD and Autism populations.
Behavior Specialists, under supervision of a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), work to identify the function of a client’s behavior and to then develop guidelines and/or a comprehensive individualized Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) to meet the client’s goals and objectives.
Our Behavior Specialists work closely with clients, their families, program staff, and other health care providers to assess and identify socially significant behaviors in need of strengthening (i.e. social skills, adaptive skills) or requiring reduction. Supports are flexible and employ behavior interventions such as differential reinforcement and environmental modifications; as well as teaching strategies such as imitation training, chaining, and shaping of new behaviors.
Behavior Specialists will also teach functional communication skills in order to replace problem behaviors. Group home staff are trained by skilled Behavior Specialists to generalize new skills to the home and community settings.
Behavior Support Services are designed with input from the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT), with the client as the key participant, when possible, to ensure the best possible outcome.
|Eligibility||Mental Illness Adult Homeless Developmental Disabilities|
Basic Needs / Assistance
Employment / Training
Behavioral / Mental Health
Intellectual and Developmental Needs
Last Updated: 12/11/20