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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Community Living Supports (CLS)?
    Community Living Support (CLS) helps individuals with special needs improve their independence and integration into the community. It focuses on personal growth, daily living skills, and social participation, aiming to enhance the quality of life and self-sufficiency of each person.
  • What is Ripple Effects Community Inclusion Center?
    Ripple Effects Community Inclusion Center is a dedicated space in Portage, Michigan, that champions inclusivity. We offer a range of services, from Social Skills Clubs and Support Groups to Educational Workshops, all tailored to ensure every individual feels valued, understood, and included.
  • Who can benefit from your services?
    Anyone and everyone! Our core mission is to bridge gaps and build connections, so whether you're an individual seeking to enhance your interpersonal skills, a family member of someone with special needs, or just someone who champions inclusivity, there's something at Ripple Effects for you.
  • How do you ensure inclusivity at Ripple Effects?
    Inclusivity is at the heart of everything we do. From our tailored programs to our dedicated staff and volunteers trained in inclusivity, we ensure that every individual, regardless of their background or abilities, is treated with respect, dignity, and understanding. Our commitment extends beyond just our programs; it's embedded in our ethos and the way we approach every interaction.
  • Are your programs and events accessible to individuals with disabilities?
    Absolutely. As an inclusive business, we ensure that all our events and programs are accessible and accommodating to those with disabilities.
  • How do you ensure the safety of participants in your programs?
    Safety is a top priority for us. All our programs are overseen by trained professionals, and we have stringent safety and emergency protocols in place. Additionally, our venues are chosen and designed with safety and accessibility in mind.
  • What is Integrated Services of Kalamazoo (ISK)?
    Integrated Services of Kalamazoo (ISK) is a public agency in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, that provides comprehensive support for individuals with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders. They focus on integrated health care and wellness, pairing individuals with a network of providers to deliver innovative and inclusive services tailored to meet diverse needs.
  • Do you accept Private Insurance Coverage?
    For therapy services, Ripple Effects Autism Learning Center is currently working toward accepting private insurance from many of the popular companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield/Blue Care Network and Priority Health. Your health plan must include the Autism Benefit in order to have coverage. Also, your insurance company may require your child's ASD diagnosis to come from an Approved Autism Evaluation Center. Consult your insurance company for more information on diagnostic requirements, in-network providers, and co-pays.
  • How much does it cost to enroll in one of your programs?
    The pricing for our programs can vary depending on the specific activity, but they generally follow our base pricing structure: Please note that some activities might have additional costs or different pricing. We recommend contacting us directly or visiting our website for the most accurate and up-to-date pricing information for each specific program or activity.
  • Do you offer flexible payment options to accommodate different financial situations?
    Absolutely! In our commitment to inclusivity, we recognize the diverse financial needs of our members. We're more than willing to discuss and arrange flexible payment plans. Please contact us to explore the best option for you.
  • Do you accept Medicaid Coverage?
    For therapy services, if your child has a Medicaid health plan, you can only be referred to us by your local Community Mental Health agency. See our location pages for a link to your local agency. You may qualify for up to 40 hours of therapy each week at no cost to your family.
  • What is the annual family membership at Ripple Effects Community Inclusion Center?
    Our annual family membership is not just a subscription; it's a gateway to a realm of understanding, inclusivity, and growth. Here's a glimpse of what you'll receive: Comprehensive Facility & Service Access: From our Caregiver's Cove and recreational activities to specialized social skills clubs and personal care support, the breadth of our offerings is yours to explore. Individualized Profiles: Tailor the RECIC experience for each family member, ensuring they receive a personalized and supportive journey. Exclusive Content & Priority Registration: Get the inside scoop with member-only resources and first dibs on our newest programs and offerings. Cost Efficiency: More than just access, your membership offers benefits and discounts, maximizing value for families engaging in multiple RECIC services. Within our facility, you can: Unwind in the Caregiver's Cove, a haven of understanding and resources. Enjoy meals in our Dining Area or the Outdoor Area with child-friendly play toys. Dive into gaming in our Video Game Room, relax in our Social Zone, or tap into your creative side in the Social Skills Area. Stretch, play, or learn in our Recreational Activities Room and keep an eye out for our in-development Sensory Room. Experience comfort with our accessible Bathing Facilities. Furthermore, with the membership, you gain access to a range of services, from Social Skills Clubs & Recreational Activities to Education & Training Services and Personal Care Support Services. Join us, and immerse yourself in a community where every ripple creates waves of positive change.
  • Do you work with ISK?
    Although we aren't a network vendor yet, we may work with you through Self Determination.
  • Can I volunteer at Ripple Effects?
    Yes, we always welcome volunteers! Whether you're a student looking for volunteer hours or someone passionate about our cause, there are various opportunities to get involved. Sign up here.
  • I am an educator/professional. How can I collaborate with Ripple Effects?
    We're always open to collaborations that further our mission. Please contact our team to discuss potential partnership opportunities or workshops. Contact Us here.

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