Hello, Spring! 

While the temperatures outside keep rising, it's the perfect time to get outside and enjoy nature, clean up, get active with outdoor recreation and appreciate our planet with these Earth Day and National Park Week activities! 


April 27, 10 a.m.
Spend the day with your family and community by making our planet a better place. This event includes children's activities, food sales and tree planting and exhibits by local community groups.  Braddock Park: 13451 Braddock Road, Clifton; free

April 27, 11 a.m.
The 16th annual festival will celebrate our planet with delicious food, fabulous music and a variety of activities for all ages. Old Mill Park: 2216 Caroline St., Fredericksburg; free


Get ready to celebrate National Park Week 2019 from April 20 to 28! Parks across the country will host a variety of special programs and events. There are special days during the week to highlight the different ways you can enjoy your national parks.

National Park Week is a time to explore amazing places,  help out , and  find your park !


Individual Electronic Health Records

In order to provide the most effective and efficient services, Community Concepts, Inc. embraces the use of technology throughout its programs. We have an electronic records management system that documents all medical and programming matters for the individuals in our program!

HCBS Individual Rights

As a Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) service provider, we want to take a moment to provide you with some information about the HCBS Individual Rights that we've been talking to our individuals and support teams about. HCBS Rights are afforded specifically to individuals receiving HCBS Medicaid Services. 

Where did these HCBS Individual Rights come from? The HCBS Settings Final Rule. This was a federal policy change announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to make sure that people with disabilities have the kinds of services they need in their communities.

The Rule is designed to make sure that HCBS services provide people who receive them with opportunities to:
  • integrate and access the community
  • make choices
  • have individual rights
  • be independent
Please find our handout as a resource to familiarize yourself with the HCBS Individual Rights. We will continue to review these with all teams annually during planning meetings. If you ever have any questions, feel free to contact CCI Management directly. 


Health & Safety

With spring weather comes storms, follow these tips to stay safe while driving this spring! 

 

What's Been Going on?! 

We're loving the warmer weather! We've been stretching our legs, enjoying some fresh air and looking forward to the season of outdoor community events and activities! Individuals have enjoyed going to  AMC potomac mills, Flight Trampoline Park, Woodbridge Aquatics and fitness center, Dale City Recreation Center, Bowling, Central Park Funland, Dave and Busters, Karaoke, Freedom Museum, weekly church services, Hidden Pond Nature Center, Ox Hill Battlefield Park, Torpedo Factory, National Wildlife Refuge, Air and Space Museum,  stretching out with some yoga and getting our steps in with community walks and shopping at stores Ulta beauty store, Starbucks, Give Below, Gamestop, Walmart, Target. 

Some of our individuals had the opportunity to go see the Big Apple Circus when they were in town! What a treat it was - from  acrobatics, fire swallowing, juggling acts and animal acts - our individuals had a blast in their circus experience. 




     

Celebrating recent and upcoming April Birthdays!
Happy Birthday to Brian, Rene, Elijah, Hae Na, Josh, DJ, William, Devon, Jonathan, Danny, Jessica, Karen & Charles!! 






Employee Corner



Temitope O,  Grace O, Benjamin S, Larry S, Patrick T, 
Eunice Y, Lynn A, Charity A, Chikita C, Jowanna L, 
Christiana M, Tia W, Esi F & Parnia S




Evelyn Asante - promoted to DSP 1
Alimatu Bangura - promoted to OM
Bruce Purvis - promoted to OM
Gifty Boadi - promoted to DSP 1
Tia Williams - promoted to Behavior Specialist
Joselyn Perla - promoted to HR Assistant
 Ryan Thompson - promoted to OM



Quarterly we hold all staff meetings to provide refreshers and additional training as we strive to keep our team well equipped to handle the day to day needs of our individuals. Thank you to all staff for your active participation and hard work, day in and out! We look forward to seeing you next time! 

      


Resource Corner

Yoga and mindfulness can be helpful for over 100 physical and mental health conditions. This free seated yoga class is designed for people with mobility disabilities, people with multiple health conditions, and their caregivers. Classes are aimed at maintaining independence, rejuvenating health, and developing a more robust brain and resilient outlook on life. No prior experience, special clothing, or equipment is required. It's easy-to-do, effective, and a lot of fun!
 
This experience is brought to Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services through a special partnership with The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and RxRelax.

Saturdays: April 27; May 4, 11, 18; June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Time:          10-11 a.m.
Location:   Service Source-Oakton Disability Resource Center
       10467 White Granite Drive, Oakton, Virginia 

Register for this opportunity to try out Adaptive Yoga by emailing RxRelax@live.com or 
Deanna.white@fairfaxcounty.gov or by calling 703-503-8710    

National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass
  • Did you know that a free, lifetime pass is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability (does not have to be a 100% disability)?  The pass provides admittance to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed Federal agencies.
  • Provides entrance or access to pass owner and accompanying passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle at Federal operated recreation sites across the country.
  • The cost of obtaining an Access Pass through the USGS is ten dollars ($10). The pass itself is free, and there is a ten dollar fee for processing the application. Applicants must provide documentation proof of residency and documentation of permanent disability. 
  • At many sites the Access Pass provides the pass owner a discount on Expanded Amenity Fees (such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours).
  •  Get more information https://store.usgs.gov/access-pass

Free Webinars for Family Caregivers of Adults
The Fairfax Caregiver Seminar Consortium offers free webinars designed to help  family caregivers of older adults or adults with a disability manage their day-to-day issues.  Speakers include experts in law, care management, finances  and community resources. The webinars are easily accessed  through your computer or telephone.  All are welcome!  Webinars are usually recorded, so if you are unable to join us live,  please register and a recording will be sent to you if available.

The next Webinar is    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The Topic is 'Just Add More Heart: Self-Care Techniques for the Caregiver' where you can learn techniques to help you care for yourself and reduce stress