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Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals


Progressive Individual Resources Inc. (PIRI) is a non-profit social and behavioral health organization. We are licensed by the Minnesota State Department of Human Services, and Children’s Mental Health Division to provide services to families or caregivers of children and youth with severe emotional disturbances or behavioral challenges.

We pride ourselves in providing culturally appropriate services to our clients.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide comprehensive culturally competent behavioral health services of support that meet the needs of the individual clients and families that we serve.

Independent Living Skills

Independent Living Skills (ILS) services will be directed toward the development and maintenance of community living skills and at community integration for the youth.

ILS services may be provided in the recipient’s home or in the community, and may include supervision, training, or assistance to an individual with self-care, communication skills, socialization, sensory/motor development, and reduction and/or elimination of maladaptive behavior, community living and mobility issues.

Target Population

Independent Living Skills and Out-of-Home Respite Care services will be provided to children with severe emotional disturbance who receive service funding through either the Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals (CADI) or the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Home and Community Based Medical Assistance Waivers.

Eligibility Requirements

  • To be eligible for CADI/TBI services, the child must:Be eligible for MA as a person with a disability (SSI/State Medical Review Team qualified). The definition of Severe Emotional Disturbances can be found in MN Statute, section 245.4871.
  • Require the level of care provided in a Residential Facility.

Program Goals

  • Our program goals include but are not limited to:Stabilize the child and the family, as a result we hope to improve the functioning level of the child and the family, reduce threat to self and others, reduce the risk of psychiatric hospitalizations, reduce residential placement, and reduce home environmental stressors for the child and the family.
  • Teach the skills necessary for the child to establish and access community support necessary for the successful transition to adulthood; these skills include:
    • Through Community Integration, assist youth to access community resources, appropriate interactions in the community, constructive relationships, and time management.
    • Through education, assist youth with homework to enhance reading, math, science, and language skills. This strategy also includes understanding how to access learning tools such as the library, the Internet, and after school programs.
    • Independent Living Skills includes self-care, care of personal belongings, cooking, laundry and organizational skill building.
    • Behavior: Assisting youth in making healthy decisions, exercising self-control, and building positive and constructive relationships with peers and adults. This strategy also includes helping youth understand the importance of respecting themselves,others, as well as personal and / or public property.

Expected Outcome Goals for ILS Services

  • Service recipients will learn independent living skills that allow and enhance their ability to ultimately live independently in the community.
  • Service recipients will be assisted in establishing a plan for leisure activities and other community based options, as defined in their individual service plan.

County ILS Monitoring, Coordination and Reporting Requirements

  • Minimum of semi-annual written progress summaries of interventions and progress toward goal attainment for CADI and TBI recipients, or more frequently if indicated in the individual’s service plan. Progress notes should be submitted quarterly for all clients.
  • Minimum of annual face to face meeting with CADI case manager, mental health worker and service recipient to review progress and revise plan as needed for CADI and TBI recipients, or more frequently if indicated in the individual’s service plan. Semi-annual face-to-face meetings of the case manager, mental health worker, provider, and service recipient for all clients.
  • Telephone contact with case manager as needed to report concerns or communicate changes.

Referral Sources

Referrals for services can be made by family members, county social service agencies, case managers, schools, probation officers, physicians or other mental health professionals. To make referrals, contact our intake unit at (651) 222-6567 or our Program Director at the same number.

Payment Options

PIR accepts private pay, county funding and medical assistance.