Community Implementation Team

Ability Beyond created a Risk Management Health and Safety Assurance Plan to ensure that all areas of concern were thought of and addressed. As such, all stakeholders knew that the agency was completing its due diligence to make the closing of its sheltered workshop successful.

Community Implementation Team



To utilize the collective strategies developed by the strategy, transportation, community resources and buy in committees to plan and implement the Community Integration Project.


The Community Implementation Team focused on logistical issues.

  • Plan, implement and test the “Pilot” of this project
  • Create mock schedules reflecting activities that tie with habilitation goals and required frequency for billing purposes
  • Identify and suggest staff to individual ratio
  • Move clients to work sites in the community
  • Develop new recreation, leisure, and volunteer opportunities
  • Match client interests with available resources, scheduling, and staffing
  • Identify client support needs
  • Utilize client, staff, and stakeholder feedback to improve the process and make it more efficient
  • Communicate progress and challenges while promote the benefits of community integration.
  • Identify transportation needs and communicate to transportation team

Relationship to Mission of Closing a Sheltered Workshop

The Community Implementation Team is responsible for planning and implementing the closure of the workshop while building community based work and recreation activities and coordinating staff and clients to participate in them.


This team starts later than the rest of the teams. Typically this team starts 6 months after other teams, then lasts the remaining duration of the project. They meet for two hours every two weeks with expected completion of homework assignments between meetings.

Types of Members

  • Day Habilitation Staff
  • Residential Staff
  • Employment Staff (job trainer or employment specialist)
  • Clinician
  • Human Resources Staff
  • Development/Communications Staff
  • Employment/Day Funder


  • Establish your team members, their expectations, the timeline and mission
  • Establish standard meeting schedule and commitment from members
  • Review your current process for developing new community opportunities and determine if this process will fit your new needs
  • If you do not have a scheduling system for community opportunities determine if your ECR (Electronic Consumer Record) can do this or if you need another system for tracking and scheduling the individual’s activities
Determine if sub-committees are necessary to focus on:

  • Employment/Day/Volunteer/Leisure Development
  • Training and Education of staff
  • Determine what training tools are needed for your staff to perform their work and expectations in the community. View Develop Staff Training Tools



Might be a good time to look at your job descriptions to make sure they still remain current.

  • Determine best method for stakeholder feedback. View Develop Buy-In Plan
  • Refer to the tools and advice laid out in section that walk you through creating your pilot/test of this project