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2019-20 Strategic Guide
Wildwood’s Strategic Guide
Our Goal (What we want to do): Wildwood will advocate for and advance the wellbeing of the people we support, our workforce, and our culture.
Our Plan (How we will do it):
People We Support
What: Wildwood will evolve and adapt to the changing needs of those we currently support, as well as those seeking, but not yet receiving, our services.
Why: The people we currently support, as well as their families, rely on Wildwood and deserve to receive high-quality supports for as long as possible. Those who seek Wildwood’s services are doing so because of Wildwood’s long-standing reputation of providing exceptional, creative, person-centered supports. They deserve, whenever possible, the opportunity to access the supports they seek.
How (Examples of how we will meet this goal): Upgrade our facilities to accommodate changing physical needs; invest in additional clinical resources; expand collaborations with community partners; expand the breadth of support responses to individual needs.
What: Wildwood will strengthen its efforts to build a competent, motivated, fulfilled workforce.
Why: Without a stable, well-trained, engaged workforce, nothing Wildwood seeks to accomplish is possible. Wildwood must make the same commitment to the staff who bring its mission to life every day as it does to the people and families it supports. The longer that the agency can retain quality staff, the better the lives of the individuals and families that Wildwood supports will be.
How (Examples of how we will meet this goal): Nurture work-life balance, build career ladders, increase pay, evolve Wildwood’s benefits package and offer meaningful, relevant opportunities for training and skill development.
What: Wildwood will seek to preserve, protect and strengthen its very special, unique, family-founded culture of holism, acceptance, inclusiveness, transparency, and innovation.
Why: All of Wildwood’s stakeholders have built, invested in and committed to Wildwood’s founding values and lasting culture. They deserve a firm commitment to preserve the best of the agency’s past, and to be fully invested and involved in its future. Transparent communication among all stakeholders is essential to Wildwood’s success.
How (Examples of how we will meet this goal): Facilitate ongoing opportunities for stakeholder groups to come together in regular, meaningful and organic dialogue to share information and define future goals; utilize videos and social media to share progress and successes with individuals, families and staff; encourage social interactions and opportunities for shared learning among the entire Wildwood Family; and seek and nurture strategic partnerships and shared collaborations with other community-based organizations.
Our Pledge: Over the next two years, operating within a sound fiscal framework, sharing accountability with one another, and using measurable outcomes and ongoing data monitoring, Wildwood commits to this plan, in order to strengthen Wildwood and its future, and to ensure that Wildwood lives up to its fundamental, foundational and timeless promise to address the ever-changing needs of the people, families and staff at the heart of its mission and work, with Respect, Integrity, Creativity and Holism.
Board of Directors Policy
POLICY OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF WILDWOOD PROGRAMS, INC. FOR
REGULAR ASSESSMENT OF ORGANIZATIONAL PERFORMANCE AND EFFECTIVENESS
The Board of Directors (“the Board”) of Wildwood Programs, Inc. (“Wildwood”) expects the highest possible standards of excellence, quality and effectiveness from Wildwood in the performance of its work, and the pursuit of its mission.
To that end, the Board, working in collaboration with Wildwood’s Management Team, Strategic Directions Team and other stakeholder groups, will regularly review the relevance of Wildwood’s strategic goals and objectives with respect to the fulfillment of its mission, and will conduct periodic assessments of Wildwood’s programs, performance and effectiveness, at least every two years, to assist in identifying additional actions that may be required to achieve that mission.
Business Partnership About Us
Our Employment Team helps job seekers with disabilities find and maintain work that is meaningful to them. Since 1984, we have provided a full array of employment services that help prepare a candidate for work before referring them to your business. These services include:
We depend on strong, mutually beneficial partnerships with the business community. Therefore, we are dedicated to helping businesses understand the full benefit of inclusive employment. Partnerships currently span over 300 businesses across the Capital Region. Typical sectors include:
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While paid employment is our primary focus, our partners can also help jobseekers explore the world of work through
Wildwood Programs, Inc.
2016 – 2018
Adopted by resolution of the
Wildwood Programs Board of Directors
January 20, 2016
Agency Vision Statement (a description of the world as Wildwood would like it to be… what we want)
Wildwood Programs, Inc. envisions a world that embraces a fundamental respect for ALL people, their strengths, their uniqueness, their creativity and the infinite diversity that we each represent.
Agency Mission Statement (a definition of the people we support and what we want to accomplish… what we do)
Working collaboratively with individuals, families and the community, Wildwood Programs, Inc. empowers and enables children and adults with neurologically based learning disabilities, autism and other developmental disorders to lead independent, productive and fulfilling lives.
Agency Values (a description of the way we interact with the individuals we support, families, staff and the community… how we do it)
Respect…Appreciating and considering the individual nature and needs of others.
Integrity… Doing the right thing in an honest and reliable way according to the rules and standards of one’s job and profession.
Creativity… Transcending the ordinary by building what has not existed, by remaking in an improved fashion that which does, or by finding a solution when one is not obvious.
Holism…Acknowledging that all people cannot truly be understood and actively engaged until their whole lives are considered and embraced.
…Understanding that our mission will only be realized through our cooperative efforts.
Environmental Scan (critical external factors that will affect our future… what’s going on out there)
*The cognitive, behavioral, physical and medical needs of the individuals Wildwood supports continue to grow more complex.
*The number of individuals supported by Wildwood who face challenges associated with aging and medical frailty is increasing at a significant rate.
*The biggest unmet need expressed by families is for residential supports.
*Person-centered planning and individualized supports and services are essential components of Wildwood’s efforts to help people with developmental disabilities achieve valued outcomes in their lives.
*The achievement of valued outcomes for people has become the central measurement of Wildwood’s effectiveness in the current “transformational” performance-based environment.
*Active collaboration and partnership with the individuals and families Wildwood supports are absolutely essential to the effectiveness of person-centered planning and Wildwood’s use of Community Integration Teams for the provision of individualized supports.
*The strategic development of natural community supports (including families, community resources and co-workers) is critical to Wildwood’s long-term success in supporting individuals living with developmental disabilities.
*Wildwood’s recent award of Person-Centered Excellence Accreditation by the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL), and the responsibilities for ongoing planning and improvement that are attached to that accreditation, will require the rapid development of enhanced capacity and increased expertise in the areas of data collection and data analysis.
*In providing supports for individuals with developmental disabilities, Wildwood must comply with several federal and state mandates (i.e., the Olmstead Decision, the HCBS Waiver Settings Rule, a moratorium on the growth of segregated special education programs) requiring a broad continuum of person-centered choices in the most integrated, appropriate, and least restrictive settings possible.
*Overwhelming regulatory and compliance mandates often conflict with and continue to drain precious resources away from Wildwood’s ability to support the achievement of valued outcomes for people with developmental disabilities.
*Fiscal instability at the international, national and state levels continues to negatively impact the public funding available to Wildwood to support our work.
*The workforce in New York State is aging and shrinking, which will significantly challenge Wildwood’s ability to recruit and sustain a stable, qualified and talented workforce.
*The creation and continued expansion of the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs has had a “chilling effect” on individual decisions about whether to become and/or remain Direct Support Professionals, and has also made it much more difficult for Wildwood to hire DSPs in a timely and efficient manner.
*Wildwood’s adoption of a Direct Support Professional Code of Ethics and implementation of state-mandated Core Competencies for all direct support and supervisory staff will significantly impact the types of education and training that Wildwood provides to our workforce.
*Wildwood’s use of Community Integration Teams to provide person-centered, individualized services to people with developmental disabilities requires our workforce to be cross-functional in their roles, which significantly impacts the kind of workforce education, training and support that Wildwood must provide.
*Wildwood’s Direct Support Professionals want to be and should be actively included in information sharing and decision-making throughout the organization.
*Fostering an organizational culture of appreciation and a positive work environment for everyone is essential to combat the many stresses, demands and challenges of working in our field.
*Thoughtful succession planning and strong, consistent leadership development opportunities at all levels within Wildwood, including the Boards of Directors, are critical to maintaining Wildwood’s long-term stability and developing its next generation of leadership.
*There is a strong expectation on the part of the federal Center for Medicaid Services and the State of New York that service providers in our field will create operational efficiencies by engaging in collaborations and shared service arrangements.
*Most agencies, including Wildwood, have significant resources invested in physical infrastructure (buildings) and site-based programs, but the state continues to gradually withdraw financial support for facilities maintenance.
*Our field is experiencing significant increases in the use of technology to standardize billing and documentation requirements across our field, and in the use of “assistive” technology to support individuals with developmental disabilities in achieving greater levels of self-sufficiency and independence.
*The cost of fringe benefits, especially health insurance, continues to escalate faster than the cost of living, at the same time as the funding available to Wildwood to absorb these costs continues to decline.
*The current push to raise the minimum wage in New York State to $15/hour will have a significant negative impact on Wildwood’s fiscal health unless additional public resources are provided by the state to assist provider organizations in meeting this minimum wage mandate.
*Wildwood has experienced a significant increase in its need for community philanthropic and grant support through the Wildwood Foundation, as public funding continues to decrease.
Strategic Imperative (a statement of response to the environmental scan… the charge)
Wildwood Programs will use a person-centered, community based, integrated team approach to support each individual in building and living the life that he or she wants.
To accomplish this we will:
Strategic Goal #1 (individual engagement)—Wildwood will engage and actively involve the individuals we support in the identification of their own valued outcomes, the recruitment and training of staff, participation in the organization’s governance functions, and the planning for and development of individualized supports and services.
Strategic Goal #2 (family involvement)—Wildwood will seek out and encourage the involvement of each individual’s family and/or circle of support in identifying, pursuing and achieving his or her own valued outcomes.
Strategic Goal #3 (workforce development)—Wildwood will provide a positive, relevant and responsive system of supports for our workforce so that every good employee chooses to remain at Wildwood for a minimum of five years, understands the importance of their own personal role in the lives of the individuals they support, has a voice in the organization’s decisions, is given regular opportunities for skill development and professional growth, and feels appreciated for their work.
Strategic Goal #4 (community partnerships and social capital)—Wildwood will collaborate with its community partners to facilitate personal opportunities for civic engagement and to develop meaningful social and leadership roles for the individuals we support, in order to enhance community life for everyone.
Strategic Goal #5 (innovation/ best practices)—Wildwood will continue to develop and implement innovative, responsible and sustainable ways of supporting individuals with developmental disabilities within the context of its commitment to the principles of Person-Centered Excellence and the monitoring of Basic Assurances that serve as the foundation of its accreditation by the Council on Quality and Leadership.
Strategic Goal #6 (fiscal strength)—All of Wildwood’s stakeholders (leadership, employees, individuals, families, Boards, volunteers, community partners) will play a direct role in safeguarding the fiscal integrity of our organization through active support of the fundraising goals of the Wildwood Foundation, the creation and regular monitoring of realistic and responsible budgets, the efficient and effective use of agency resources, governmental advocacy and compliance with applicable billing and documentation standards and protocols.