At Bluegrass Oakwood individuals with intellectual and developmental disability reside in one of 18 homes on a 180 acre campus in Somerset. Individuals receive care from a team of professionals dedicated to helping them learn skills to live a more independent and productive life in a less restrictive environment.
Admission to any Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) in Kentucky requires court action. The process begins at the individual’s local community mental health center (CMHC). Click here to find a list of CMHCs in Kentucky. The CMHC assists in determining if there are resources available to the individual that are less restrictive than placement in the ICF and referring the individual to those resources. If it is determined additional assistance is needed, the CMHC contacts administrators at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID) in Frankfort.
There is a court procedure, KRS 202B, that is required for admission to Bluegrass Oakwood. If it is determined that the individual is in need of placement at an Intermediate Care Facility, administrators at DBHDID determine to which facility the individual will be admitted. If Bluegrass Oakwood is to provide short-term placement, a pre-admission screening team completes an on-site assessment with the individual, his/her guardian and/or current community providers to prepare for the admission. All admissions to Bluegrass Oakwood are short-term admissions with a focus on stabilizing the crisis that prompted the admission and assisting the individual in returning to an appropriate community setting.
While at Oakwood, staff ensure the services coordinated by each individuals’s interdisciplinary team are carried out. Residential staff provide direct care for individuals who learn essential skills and develop interests to enrich their lives. Individuals learn a variety of skills from self-care such as dressing and grooming to using money, planning trips and maintaining communication with friends and family. Our dedicated staff work with clients all hours of the day and night to ensure their needs are met.
Individuals also participate in numerous activities including; a bowling league, Special Olympics, shopping around town, going out to eat, going to the movies and ballgames as well as visiting with family and friends. In addition, individuals find meaningful engagement and Expressions Tea Room and Oak Hill Nursery – two business enterprises envisioned and dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals while engaging the community.