Martha's Barn, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our vision was inspired by my daughter, Martha. She was diagnosed with autism at age 2. The trials and tribulations of advocating for her appropriate services provided the foundation of our family-centered care service. She is now 21 and living as independently as her circumstances permit, in her own home. Read the below FAQ's to see how our organization came to life.
With love~Kathleen, Tommy , Martha, Sharon and Kaileigh
A Specialized Service Agency (SSA) is an organization, contracted by the Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living (DAIL), that provides developmental disabilities services through either a distinctive approach to service deliver and coordination or to meet distinctive individual needs.
The Internal Revenue Service plays an important role in the oversight of charitable organizations and recommends the adoption of a Conflict of Interest Policy. Within such a policy, both the President and the Secretary sign and certify their interest in protecting the organization from any arrangements that might benefit the private interests of an officer or director. The policy then defines who is an "interested person" within the organization, requires those with a conflict to disclose the conflict or potential conflict, and identifies the procedures in place for addressing any conflicts of interest. https://dvha.vermont.gov/global-commitment-to-health/conflict-of-interest-home-and-community-based-services
Martha's Barn, Inc. has its own conflict of interest policy that is available upon request.
Part 8 of the Regulations Implementing the Developmental Disabilities Act of 1996 describes the Grievances, Internal Appeals and the Fair Hearing processes, including the rights and obligations of applicants and recipients of services funded through Global Commitment. This section was updated October 2017.
How do I build community relationships for my non-verbal client/loved one?
I can't find caregivers or respite staff for my loved one, can you help?
What are the long-term support options for my loved one/client?
What will happen when I die and there is no one to care for my disabled son?
My son is in crisis but he can't go to the adult psychiatric ward, how do I help him get admitted to a hospital that can meet his needs?
I can't get my son admitted to the hospital because there is no discharge plan for him to come home to?
I want to be paid as a caregiver because the state doesn't have any other options?
Can you help me write a training manual for my client/loved one?
Is there a resource of autism-friendly employers who I can contact?
How can I support my client/loved one to communicate effectively?
How can I promote independence for my client/loved one?
My son is not self-determined, what is going to happen to my son when he's an adult?
How come there is a rule against paying parents if your child has a developmental disability, but you can be a paid caregiver under Choices for Care?
How can someone who can't self determine self neglect?
Can I volunteer to help your cause?
Where can I meet other families like mine?
Where can my client meet peers to socialize in an autism-friendly environment?
Are there resources in my community that my client/loved one can participate in?
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