My Michigan Friends (MMF) is an organized social integration service. MMF clients participate by coming together from varied and diverse daily experiences. That is, they do not participate in daily programming or reside together. So MMF clients look forward to social experiences they encounter, together. Many have become good friends after participating in multiple trips, together. Our My Michigan Friends program offers conversational skill assessment and training DURING actual community, social outings within small groups of 3-5 clients with qualified staff members who engage in our procedure-based training model. Our prompting and reinforcement procedures enable MMF clients to achieve mastery levels of performance within REAL conversations. A general goal is for MMF clients to continue appropriate conversations with one another after a trip or outing and without reliance upon the rehabilitation professional. In some cases we encourage clients to meet and spend time together outside of our service. The My Michigan Friends program was the first of its kind and continues as a leader program.
Day Trips: Trips are designed for clients to establish a positive, social experience with supervision and receive conversational skill training in natural settings. A “destination” activity (e.g. ball game, comedy club, live play, etc.) becomes the trip highlight. Day trips usually last from 4 to 7 therapeutic hours.
Weekend Trips: 3-day trips (Fri, Sat, Su) are scheduled for clients to get-away from their daily living situations and offer a respite experience for their caregiver(s). Full, daily activity agendas exist. A group of up to 5 clients and 2 staff embark upon a drivable (often within a 22 ft RV) distance where hotel accommodations, meals and activity fees are all inclusive and derived as a “cost of doing business” within our therapeutic supervision rate. Our progress reports show client social and ADL outcomes observed on the trip. These trips offer clients’ skills to be assessed away from their daily living environments, which can provide valuable information that can help validate a therapeutic need for (or against) future services. Weekend trips usually last 39-44 therapeutic hours per trip.
Trip fees are calculated by “therapeutic supervision” waking hours that a client is with us.
MMF service requires a physician’s prescription