Though the affiliates are predominantly adult service providers, the age range of their clientele is early childhood to over 65.
This included a transition component that worked with adult service providers to put in place those services needed by the individual after he/she aged out of school at age 21.
On the other hand, day programs for people with mental illness, were usually developed on a medical model, i.e., one focused on psychiatric pathology and treatment, and were usually created by adult service providers
"A good meeting," explains one parent, "is one where there is constant and open communication between my family, school people, and adult service providers."
One of the most common situations was when teachers and/or adult service providers failed to attend scheduled meetings, left meetings early, or were only part of an "ever-changing cast of characters."
Over the past 5 years, EEC has received a steady, but small, number (n = 4 to 7) of referrals from rehabilitation counselors and other adult service providers
Implications for both adult service providers
and university training programs are discussed in terms of conversion, role and function, and collaboration issues.
In 1989, Wildwood Employment Services began extending their services to public schools, because the staff felt that they would be providing the ability for adolescents to be linked with adult service providers
, prior to graduation.
The basic barrier to accessing these program resources relates mostly to the widespread lack of understanding of the programs by families, educators, rehabilitation counselors, and adult service providers
. It is especially important to have a basic understanding of the eligibility requirements.