Community TIES is a UW-Waisman Center behavioral support program serving primarily children/families, adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities (DD) who live in the community. Our mission is to address behavioral, psychological, and emotional needs using therapeutic approaches that assure continued participation in supported community life.
These needs are commonly referred to as "challenging behaviors." Many individuals served by TIES also struggle with co-occurring mental health issues.
What We Do
TIES activities are a creative blend of various positive practices that have proven effective in meeting complex behavioral and mental health challenges within supported community life. The following programs work in conjunction with TIES:
The Community TIES program contracts with Dane County Human Services and works extensively within community teams supporting persons with DD. Examples of provider agencies include community living and work programs, public schools and Family Support services. The TIES program began in 1986 and has steadily grown in the number of persons served as well as the range of services offered.
Length of a TIES referral can range from a few meetings to multiple years of ongoing direct contact and team participation. It is common for TIES to become re-involved with individuals/teams years after an initial consultation. Consultations often span the transition from child to adult services. TIES offers a variety of Community Training activities which are attended by provider agencies from across the State.
Go HERE to view a chart that outlines these positive practices as they relate to the benefits that program participants obtain.
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