The METO Settlement
Pamela Hoopes: Community Based Staff Training
Pamela Hoopes: I think it will be very, very important going forward in developing a community based system for people who otherwise might have been confined in METO or a similar facility that the Injunctive Relief includes positive behavior intervention training for staff of community based facilities and residences.
One of the reasons people were moving to METO or moved into METO and then would get stuck there essentially was because the community based residences where they had come from or where they might move back to were not prepared to work with them in a positive way and therefore would not take them back or would essentially dump them at METO in some instances.
With the Injunctive Relief in the METO settlement, training will be mandated and provided to people who are staffing community residences, providing a much greater range of integrated living options with appropriate, positive supports for people who otherwise would be in METO or a similar type of restricted environment.