Model of Care for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Model of Care for Adults with Developmental Disabilities


Name: Lorraine Carney

Rank: LTC (Ret)

Presenter/Poster: Podium and Poster

Year: 2018


Category: Improving the delivery of military health care services

Background: In 2005, Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC) created the FAITH Clinic, a unique clinic embedded within the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP). The clinic is staffed by a dual certified Family and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Now over 12 years later, the clinic provides a specialty clinic/medical home for over 200 young adults with Developmental Disabilities ranging in age from 17-60 years of age. Its mission is to strive to preserve health care continuity throughout the lifespan for young adults with disabilities Co-locating the FAITH Clinic in the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics allows for continuation of aspects of pediatric care and collaboration with pediatric specialists while providing family-centered care and continuity.

Description of the study/project: The FAITH Clinic created a collaborative program with a local organization to aid young adults who have not had success through other organizations in transitioning to work, and to provide an opportunity for socialization with their peers. A survey was given to the participants.

Study Methods or implementation/Objectives: Descriptive study – Parents of the initial 7 young adults participating in the FAITH-Goodwill program in were surveyed to determine their needs, experiences and barriers for work. A follow up survey revealed the impact of the program on these participants and insight into the needs of this population.

Study project findings: The program improved the socialization and self-worth for these adults. Unexpected findings were participant’s improved behavior at home, and improved perception of the individuals by the community.

Implications for military nursing: The FAITH clinic is unique within the Department of Defense in its dedication to the care of adults with developmental disabilities. Further study is warranted to better define the benefits of this model and the potential for expansion of similar clinics to other sites within the Department of Defense utilizing nurse practitioners as the core staff for similar clinics.