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Thomas Allen has been a leader in providing services to people with developmental disabilities for over 35 years. Services are provided to over 3,500 clients of all ages.

Thomas Allen serves people with a variety of needs including: Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Severe and Persistent Mental Illness, Brain Injuries, Physical Disabilities, Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances and aging-related issues.

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Case Management

Thomas Allen has been providing contracted case management since 1987. Since then, we have expanded our business, clientele, and expertise in a variety of areas. Thomas Allen has a reputation for providing top quality services, promoting fiscal responsibility in the development of the service plan, lead agency compliance, and achieving the highest standards of practice. We strive to provide person-centered case management by promoting the dignity and worth of each person we serve.

Thomas Allen serves people of all ages on DD, CADI, BI and Elderly Waivers. We hold contracts with Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Chisago, Todd, Winona, Scott and Goodhue Counties. We also have Purchase of Service agreements with over a dozen other counties all over the State of Minnesota.

All of our case managers are licensed by the Minnesota Board of Social Work or meet the minimum qualifications of a social worker under the Minnesota Merit System. Thomas Allen provides thorough orientation for each case manager upon hire and our employees have expert-level knowledge of waiver policy. We also provide culturally aware practices and have language capabilities in Hmong, Spanish, German and Somali.

Contacts:
Kari Schuster, LISW

Assistant Administrator/Program Director for Long Term Care Case Management

(651) 789-1235

Lezlee Vreize-Cole, LSW

Program Director for DD Case Management

(651) 789-1200

Guardianship & Conservatorship

Established in 1999, these services are provided to over 250 individuals who are determined by the court to be in need of a substitute decision maker. Guardianship and Conservatorship Services are designed to provide assistance with informed decision making for vulnerable adults who, due to incapacity, are incapable of managing their own affairs. The court appoints Thomas Allen as the guardian and/or conservator based on clear and convincing evidence that the person has been found to be unable to make necessary decisions on his or her own behalf.

Contact:
Holly Piotrowski, Program Manager
ICF/DD Services

An Intermediate Care Facility for People with Developmental Disabilities (ICF/DD) program is provided for four clients in a single family home. Services are federally funded through Medical Assistance. The program is licensed as a health care institution (supported living facility) and certified by the Minnesota Department of Health. ICF/DD Services are designed to provide health and rehabilitative services for people with developmental disabilities, specifically autism, who require active treatment.

Contact:
Angela McCallum, Program Director
Independent Living Skills (ILS)

Provided through Thomas Allen’s Scattered Sites division for approximately 90 individuals. Scattered Sites provides in-home training, support, and community integration for people who have a chronic mental health diagnosis or brain injury (BI), and are assessed to need this level of support under the CADI or BI waiver. People served do not need daily contacts. People served currently reside in Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, and Washington counties.

ILS Services are designed to provide the support, monitoring, guidance, and crisis intervention services to meet the individual needs of people with a high level of independent skills. The outcome is to empower the individual to maintain and increase skills while living independently in the community. Services are provided in the person’s home or in a group living situation at the frequency needed to meet the person’s unique needs with 24-hour, on-call assistance available daily. Personal contacts usually occur one to three times per week. Transportation is also provided.

Contact:
Angela McCallum, Program Director
In-Home Support Services

Provided to clients in their natural or foster family homes. These services are provided throughout five metro counties (Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington). The variety of support includes respite care, in-home parent support, and supported living services. Support may be given on a long or short-term basis. The variety of schedules of support may be routine or fluctuate dependent on family need.

In Home Support Services are designed to prevent a client’s out-of-home placement by providing training, respite care, and support to families and foster families. Intervention strategies are aimed at bolstering rather than replacing the existing support network that the family provides in order to maintain the least restrictive residential option. The family and other team members determine the specific support needed. This may include general supervision, training, social interaction, behavioral guidance, and/or role-modeling. Services may be provided on a one-to-one basis or in a small group.

Contact:
Angela McCallum, Program Director
Managed Care Coordination

Thomas Allen has been providing Managed Care Coordination since 2009. The role of a care coordinator is to assist members of Minnesota Health Care Programs with making informed choices about their health care services. The care coordinator is responsible for ongoing assessment, planning, referral, service coordination, monitoring and advocacy on behalf of the member. The care coordinator assists members in making progress towards his or her health goals and coordinating care with the interdisciplinary team.

Thomas Allen contracts with Medica and Blue Cross/Blue Shield for care coordination for MSHO, MSC+ and SNBC products in Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota, Washington and St. Louis Counties.

Our care coordinators are all Licensed Social Workers through the Minnesota Board of Social Work. They specialize in community resources, Medicare and Medical Assistance coverage as well as aging and geriatrics.

Contact:
Rachel Arthurs

Program Director for Managed Care Coordination

(651) 789-1220

Relocation Services Coordination

Designed to assist people of all ages who want to return to the community from an institution, such as a nursing home, and who need help in planning and accessing supports to accomplish this goal.

Contact:
Eva Lin Eddy, Program Manager
Respite Care

Provides community integration opportunities and skills training; additional support or respite to the individual’s support network, such as family, foster home, and day programs; and temporary staffing for crisis situations.

Contact:
Angela McCallum, Program Director
Semi-Independent Living Services (SILS)

Provided to individuals diagnosed with a developmental disability, brain injury, and/or needing services due to financial, marital, health, or other issues. Services are provided throughout five metro-area counties (Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington) and are typically provided in apartment settings. This also includes settings such as a “cluster” of apartments, a townhouse, or separate living areas within an SLS home.

Semi-Independent Living Services are designed to provide the support, monitoring, guidance, and crisis intervention services to meet the individual needs of people with a high level of independent skills. The outcome is to empower the individual to maintain and increase skills while living independently in the community. Services are provided in the home or in a group living situation at the frequency needed to meet the person’s unique needs with 24-hour, on-call assistance available daily. Personal contacts usually occur one to three times per week. Transportation is also provided.

Contact:
Angela McCallum, Program Director
Subcontracting Services

Thomas Allen Subcontracting provides support to individuals pursuing a 245D license to develop forms and policies, guide individuals through the initial licensing process, and establish practices that will lead to success in obtaining and maintaining a 245D license. A contract to provide support over a designated period of time is developed specific to the needs of the individual. Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP) Consultation is also available to those requiring short-term assistance to successfully maintain 245D licensing. In addition, Hybrid Home/Host Home Services are available to foster care providers who serve individuals with waivers and may benefit from additional support in remaining knowledgeable of regulation changes and required paperwork.

Contact:
Brianna Chartrand, Program Director
Supported Employment Services

Individuals served in the Supported Employment Services (SES) division engage in a variety of settings where persons without disabilities are employed. Services offered include an individualized work-related assessment, on-the-job training in both work and related skills, ongoing supervision and monitoring, and other supports to assure job retention.

Contact:
Jim Valentini, Program Director
Supported Living Services (SLS)

Thomas Allen currently manages over thirty homes throughout the metro and surrounding communities that provide Supportive Living Services (SLS). Most of these homes provide Foster Care Services as well. Services are currently provided to adults. The numbers of clients served in a home vary from one to four. Homes are staffed according to client need. Support staff includes Program Counselors and as needed Asleep and/or Awake Counselors at night, RNs and/or LPNs. Persons served have a wide range of mental and/or physical disabilities, functioning levels and/or mental health symptoms. Clients’ program services are provided through one of several waivers which include the Development Disability (DD), Community Activities for Disabled Individuals (CADI), Brain Injury (BI), or Community Alternative Care (CAC) waivers. Funding is provided by a variety of sources which include Medical Assistance (MA), Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Minnesota Supplemental Assistance (MSA), Group Residential Housing (GRH), earned income (if applicable), and other benefit sources for which a client may be eligible.

Thomas Allen also provides services to clients who opt to pay privately for services.

Contact:
Katy Alger, Assistant Administrator and Program Director