Wednesday, January 8, 2014

MORC to host monthly sessions on Supports Intensity Scale

To reserve a seat for the overview sessions, call Heather Hawkins at 586-263-8789 or email her at

Ryan Leininger, a MORC, Inc., Supports Intensity Scale Trainer at the Macomb-Oakland Regional Center, is presenting monthly overview sessions on the SIS.

Leininger is assisted in the training sessions by Katie Kramer, also a SIS trainer at MORC.
The SIS is an assessment to evaluate the support needs of individuals with a disability.

Upcoming overview sessions are scheduled on Jan. 21, 30 and  Feb. 18. Current dates, times and locations are available here --

SIS Overview topics include the history and background of the SIS; what is measured and how; what to expect from a SIS interview, and how the SIS is used with a Person-Centered-Plan for a person with a disability at MORC.

The SIS was developed by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, based in Washington, D.C., and is broadly used across the United States and internationally.

It is considered a reliable and standardized way to consider the types of supports an individual with a disability requires for daily living activities.

A trained and certified interviewer works with you and those you trust to consider your individual supports if you have a disability. The SIS assessment meeting usually lasts between 90 minutes and two hours.
Participants may include a guardian, family, friends, or an advocate. Others involved could include a Support Coordinator and/or Case Manager. Areas focused on in a SIS interview include home and community living, lifelong learning, employment, social life, health and safety, protection and advocacy and medical and behavioral conditions.

Jerry Wolffe is the Writer in Residence and Advocate at Large at the Macomb-Oakland Regional Center. He can be reached at 586 263 8950.