What We Bring to the Table

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Brian worked with my son Jake who was a student with Autism in his final year of high school. During this time Jake was deeply isolated in video games and television. As a result, he suffered from depression and a lack of self-confidence.

Jake became involved with Brian who helped him create a supportive service plan that engaged him in social activities. He began to identify his interests and began making social alliances in the community.

After connecting with new social outlets such as the library and rock climbing with Brian as his clinical coach and counselor, Jake became excited to include new social supports in his life. He has been more self-confident, less depressed and has started to develop new, healthy relationships with peers.

Now Jake is 22, working in the community and is making a productive contribution to society.
— Mary, A proud parent

Clinical Supportive Services

Mission Statement

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.

Background

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.

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Program Overview

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.

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Desired Impact

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

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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

Brian Flynn

We are excited to offer a new and fresh approach to filling social gaps for adults with development disabilities.
— Brian Flynn

Brian Flynn, MSW, CAPSW 
Director of Supportive Services

Email: bflynn@harrigandevelopment.com 
Office: 262-347-3711
Brian: 414-305-8283

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.