What We Bring to the Table
Clinical Supportive Services
The mission of the HDS Supportive Services Program is to improve the lives of persons who have developmental disabilities. We accomplish this by offering positive social supports and alliances to participants and families. These alliances give value and meaning to their individual and family experience.
The HDS Supportive Services Program was created in response to the voices of parents who have children who are now young adults faced with developmental disabilities. A dilemma that these individuals have struggled with throughout their lives is a significant lack of social exposure. This profound obstacle has stood in the way of forming and maintaining healthy social relationships and alliances with their community, family, friends, and peers. The Supportive Services program is clinically structured to meet the individual social needs of the young adult and offers reassurance to family members that their loved ones have a place in their community and are safe. Research indicates that individuals faced with developmental disabilities who have long-term positive social supports are more likely to have an increase in self-esteem and a decrease in negative symptoms.
The 90-day program works with individuals who are 18-30 years of age, faced with developmental disabilities and are able to function independently in the least restrictive settings.
The social aspect of the program is the development of a support system created by a clinical professional that assists the individual in forming and maintaining appropriate social relationships and alliances with their surrounding communities.
The clinical aspect of the program engages participants in goal setting within a supportive service plan, and 5 hours per week of direct service and small group pairing facilitated by a clinical professional.
Help participants promote & develop behaviors that are meaningful to their individual experience and social environment
Link individuals to healthy community resources and peer relationships
Increase self-esteem while decreasing negative symptoms
Increase confidence, independence & self-reliance
Increase awareness of social resources
College Outreach Program
The program provides clinical counseling, guidance, and advocacy in a post secondary environment.
The program provides:
On-site campus visits
Advocacy with academic staff ensure available supports are in place
Extra curricular exploration and mentoring
Brian Flynn, MSW, CAPSW
Director of Supportive Services
Brian is a Masters level social worker (MSW), a Certified Advanced Practice Social Worker (CAPSW), and holds certificates in Childhood and Adolescence Studies and Youth Work.
For the past 15 years Brian has advocated for the self-determination, prevention and resolution of contemporary social problems, particularly for at-risk populations. His previous experience has been working in diverse social welfare settings with adolescents & young adults, many of whom struggle on a daily basis with developmental & other bio-psychosocial problems. His professional experience has fostered a unique understanding of the challenges & needs facing these individuals.
Brian’s style and approach to helping people is compassionate, positive, and caring. He is committed to protecting the rights and dignity of those he serves. He currently provides clinical counseling, coaching and supportive services to transitional young adults in the Greater Milwaukee area.