What is a DT&H? (From the MN Department of Human Services website)
Day Training and Habilitation (DT&H) are licensed supports to help adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD):
• Develop and maintain life skills;
• Participate in community life; and
• Engage in proactive and satisfying activities of their own choosing.
DT&H programs are located in 81 counties in Minnesota in more than 200 locations by over 100 providers serving more than 15,000 citizens with I/DD.
Who is eligible for DT&H services? (From the MN Department of Human Services website)
Eligibility for DT&H services is determined through a screening process. To be eligible for DT&H services a person must meet all of the following conditions:
• Be 18 years of age or older and have a diagnosis of developmental/intellectual disability or a related condition;
• Receive a screening for home and community-based services or reside in an Intermediate Care Facility for people with developmental disabilities (ICF/DD);
• Have their health and safety in the community addressed in their plan of care; and
• Make an informed choice to receive DT&H as part of their Individual Service Plan (ISP)
For people who receive DT&H services under the Developmental Disability Waiver, they must have at least one residential service offered through the waiver.
People who reside in an ICF/DD now have a choice of day services as do people who receive a home and community-based waiver.
Where do clients at Merrick live?
Approximately 70% of the clients we serve live in group home settings, about 25% live with their parents or other family members, and 5% live on their own.
What services does Merrick offer?
We offer clients meaningful work opportunities, therapeutic life enrichment activities, and self-advocacy activities.
Do clients get paid for the work they do?
The short answer is yes. More than 50 of the clients we serve are paid directly by the employer at, or above minimum wage. For those working as part of a crew or onsite, we operate under a commensurate wage certificate monitored and enforced by the Fair Labor Standards Act. For more info on this topic, we suggest you read our Executive Director’s blog post, Client Wages, found at this link: www.merrickinc.org/barks-bytes/280-wages.html
Do clients bring their own lunches?
Yes, clients bring their lunches. We offer healthy choices from onsite vending for snacks and to supplement lunches. Sometimes work crews or small groups go out to eat or host onsite pizza parties.
How does transportation work?
We contract with our partner nonprofit, Newtrax, to provide transportation based on each’s client’s needs. Once a client is accepted into Merrick, Newtrax works with the client’s home support to determine the transportation schedule. Additionally, Merrick helps coordinate rides for approximately 70 clients that use the MTC, Metro Mobility, and TransitLink, to get from home to the program and back. More information on transportation is available here: www.merrickinc.org/for-clients-a-families/transportation-services.html
If I’m interested in becoming a client or have a family member who might be interested in Merrick, what is my next step?
Contact our Assistant Program Director Sue Waite-Hanson at SueWH@MerrickInc.org or by phone at 651-789-6231.
When was Merrick founded?
Merrick began as Merrick Daytime Activity Center in 1964 on the East Side of St. Paul with the support of the Christ Child Society offering services out of the Merrick Community Center for 15 young adults with I/DD. Read more about Merrick’s history: www.merrickinc.org/about-merrick/history.html
How many clients does Merrick serve?
We currently serve more than 375 clients.
How many staff members work at Merrick?
We employ approximately 110 people.
How do I apply to work at Merrick as a staff member?
Where is Merrick located?
Can I schedule a visit?
Do you need volunteers?