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1971 



FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT 



"The purpose of this nevrs letter is truly just >_o keep on telling you, the reader, that 
we are still here. We in this case being the patients, the staff, the programs and the 
buildings that make up the Boulder River School and Hospital. 

"We sincerely hope that on occasion the news letter will carr^? news though this is 
hardly likely. 

"We hope that there will be constant reports of progress — progress of groups of pa- 
tients, progress in program development, progress in management of the facilities, pro- 
gress in staff development, progress in the development arid implementation of the Scate 
Plan. If it looks good or sounds good it will be reported and called progress. 

"To be honest 'we will also report bad or negative things — if there are 796 patients 
sleeping in space for only 700 we will rake this means of reporting to you. If there 
is a negative health or safety i-eport, chances are it will show up in this news letter. 

"We hope you will take the tirae to sound off. All of your letters cannot be published, 
but if yours is an apt description of a general condition, it will be used; or if it 
is truly constructive it will be used, " 

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COOPERATIVE TRAINING PROGRAM 



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A Cooperative Training Program (CTP) , 
involving three departments, Recreation, 
Speech Therapy, and Arts & Crafts, began 
in early March <, This program was de- 
signed to serve the severly and pro- 
foundly retarded individuals who were 
not then involved in activities which 
took them out of their cottages « Now 
250 patients, from all of the five geo- 
graphic regions, 33 from the Pre-Pu- 
berty (Junior) Unit , and 3 from the 
Non-Axnbulatory Unit, take part in the 
program. The activities included are : 
basic motor skills, language stimu- 
lation and development, small muscle 
coordination exercises, and art 



This program takes patients, who would 
normally not leave the cottages,, ro 
other areas of the grounds for at least 
two hours a day, t^/ice a week. The CTP 
is not functioning as solely a recreation 
program, but rather as a training pro- 
cess. The activities are helping to 
develop patients in various aspects of 
home living , and are preparing them for 
involvement in other, advanced programs. 
As individuals progress through the CTP 
and are placed in school, recreation or 
work programs , additional patients from 
the Pre-Puberty and Non-Aitibulatory Units 



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SPECIAL _OIi^^'i' IC^ 

The goal of tlie Special Olvinpics, sponsored 
each year by the Kennedy Foundation , is to 
create opportunities for sports training and 
athletic competition for rerarded children. 
Competition is separate for boys -and girls 
and is divided into the follov.'ing fix'e age 
groups J 

15 r.o IS years 

19 vears and older 



8 to y years 
10 to 12 vears 



13 to 15 years 

This year thera are api^rcxiniately 30 ria- 
tients at BRSSH participating in the Spe- 
cial Olympics PrograiTu The patients began 
training early in March jiiid practice ses- 
sions have been held s-aven-days-a-week. 
The results of this program will be ex- 
hibited May 2ist and 22nd at the Special 
Olympics Track Meet to be held in Great 
Falls o Each year the meet is held in a 
different Montana city^ giving the par- 
ticipants an opportunity to see other 
cities and enjoy an overniyht esiperience„ 

Events include bowling, track and field, 
and swimming,, In last years competition, 
Jaities Ray of BRSSH placed first iii the high 
jumpf the standing broad j'ump and the 30 
yard dasho Through these accomplishments 
he qualified and participated in the 
national meet held in Chicago « 

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IN-SERVICE TRgllNING 

An extensive In-Service Training Prograxa is 
continuing with the addition of a federal 
grant — Public Service Careers-Plan B -- 
to the Hospital In-Service Training (HIST) „ 

Up-grade classes are offered to employees 
who have successfully completed one year of 
service at BRS&H arid are taught on the 
employees own time. The course is SO hours 
in length, with thie time divided between 
lecture and laboratory experience » This 
permits a person to gaiii promotion to the 
next level of employment or an approximate 
5% pay increase. 



Th.e P-oblic Serx'ice Careers grant, r-sceived 
in v7une 1970,, allowed for the nnplsmen- 
■cation of a bussing service and the devel- 
opmen'!: of a Career Ladder. The bus system 
providad daily transporra-cion of employees 
fiom Buuts, Helena, and f/rnitehall, running 
on a thrice shift schedule. Through the 
cooperation of tlie Montana Erf.ploym.ent Ser- 
vice .and the Concentrated Employ-ment: Pro- 
cjra~. . a r&cruiting-co-jriseiling program for 
additional employees ha.E been established. 
The pri^-service training is seven weeks 
in durarion 'with the time equally divided 
betv;sen class rcom ins triiction r^xic. labor- 
atory experience on the words o This pro- 
gram is recognised by the Department of 
Continuing Fiducation cf the Univers\ty of 
Mon-cai^ia and dieir certificates are av/arded 
to the graduates. As the Career Ladder 
develops , employees are afforded tne op- 
portunity to continue a growing, profit- 
able career in mental retardation and, 
most importantly, a sense of pride in 
working at BRS5H is developed^ 

The In-Service Training Depa.rtm.ent is ■i:tnder 
the supervisioK of Mrs. Lucille Paddoc'Ky 
who jo.lnoS the staff of BRS&H on May 3„ 

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Several pieces of new playground equipm.ent 
'as^'je. been placed in the area around the 
cotrages • This equipment has been getting 
a considerable amount of use by rlna patients 
of all regions. In addition, two larger 
pieces i-,'ere placed near the school building 
for -tise in the Physical Education Program. 

The grounds of BRSSH are get^tmg a new look 
-dirough an extensive landscaping progriamo 
Over 2,000 trees and bushes were donated 
to the school by the State Forest Service o 
Barren a.reas have been seeded for grass 
and the trees planted to add beauty and 
shade.. The paving of 3 1/2 tailes of readway 
within the grounds was completed i,a NoVo 
of 1970 o In addition, a general clean- 
up project has imp.roved the overall ap- 
pearar^cc of the entire area. 



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Send ARC news items to : 
I'liss M, Lynn Sparks 
Volunteer Service Coordinator 
Box R7 BRSSH 
, Boulder f Montana 596 32 

The Lewis and Clark Associatisn for Retarded 
3 ' Children and Adults hosted the 13th Annual 
MARC Conference in Helena Apri L 22nd, 23rd, 
and 24th„ 

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Dick Heard, Supervisor of Regior IV, along 
with Teel Carpenter, Social Worker, Steve 
Anacker, Attendant I, and Chiis Ferrier, 
Behavior Modification Technician for the 
same rsgior, met with the Yellowstone 
Association for Retarded Children and 
Adults in Billings on April 26th „ The 
policies of BRS!iH, placement, procedures, 
attendant duties and the Behavior Modi- 
fication prograra were discussed and 
explained. 

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The regular meeting of the Lewis and Clark 
Association for Retarded Children and 
Adults was held at the Boulder River School 
and Hospital the evening of May 5tli, Ap- 
proximately 15 memb-ers of the associeition 
and a few from Butte were present. Super- 
intendent Perry, Ralph Paarce , Supervisor 
and Judy Smith, Social Worker from Region 
III, and several other interested BRS&H 
staff members attended„ 
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The National Association of Retarded Child- 
ren, North West Regional Conference will 
be held at the Rimrock Lodge in Billings 
on May 20th, 21st and 22nd. 

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DON'T FORGET THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF 
RETARDED CHILDREN MEETING TO BE HELD IN 
DENVER IN OCTOBER OP THIS xEAR!! 

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"The object of teaching a child is to enable 
him to get along without his teacher." 
I Elbert Hubbard 

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Title I Behavior Modification 



Program began in July of 1370 serving 51 
patients. This program was expanded -che 
first part of 1971 and now includes all 
five geographical regions, the Pre-Pu- 
berty Unit and 105 patients in the Non- 
.Atnbuiatory Unit. Fourteen Behavior Modi- 
fication Technicians (BMt's) are employed 
r.o carry out the activities under the 
supervision of a Project Director.. 

As tile program expanded., the services ren- 
dered expanded to meet the needs of all 
patients involved. The major emphasis in 
July 1970 was on changing negative behav- 
ior's of the 51 Pre-Puberty patients served. 
Today, tlie program includes direct training 
in basic self-help and social interaction 
s.kxlls; personal hygiene and grooming, 
meter coordination and development-, work 
skills and attitude training, and academ- 
ically related skills. Of the 785 patients 
at BRS&H, 388 who are eligible to receive 
assistance under ESEA Title I regulations 
are nov? enrolled ixi two or more programs. 

A point or token system is being considered 
in several of tlie cottages with the long 
range goal being an institution-wide token 
economy based on behavior modification 
princij)les. This system gives the patients 
experience in handling and saving money. 
Fjy offering many of the responsibilities 
of society and the corresponding privi- 
leges, this system plays a vital role in 
the NORMJSXIZATION process. 

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TOURS 

Scheduled groups, representing 1,109 persons, 
toured, the facilities of BRS&H during the 
months of .kpril and May., Included v^ere 
seve.ral college classes, church organizations, 
an.d other interested groups, howevei-, the 
majority were high school socioicgy and 
psychology students. 

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Decentralization vjas accoiTiplished October 20, I'^TO. There are five geographic reqions — 
each has tv;o buildings ; and there are two which house specialized units (Pre-Puljercy and 
i^fon sjtibulatory) . Each region and specialised unit has a staff that provides total patient 
care for only the patients in the unit. One shiould think of each individual unit as a 
separate, small institution -- each having its own Gtaif and programs. 



REGION I (Missoula & surrounding area) 

Buildings #2 & #8 lOS patients 

Sux^ervisor Mrs., Joyce Stout 

Social Worker "'X's Lois McCIurc 

B.MoT. Bill Cook 

26 7\ttendant Counselors 



REGION V (Glendive s surrounding area) 

Buildings :; 1 & ir9' --87 patients 

Supervisors Stout/Glasser 

Social Worker-- ^Mr. Jini Rolando 

3.M.T. ■ John Ober*rferter 

21 Attendant Counselors 



REGION II (Great Falls & surrounding area) 

Buildings #3 & #6 121 patients 

Supervisor Mr. Al Glasser 

Social VJorker .'•■;rs. Freda Beazlev 

B.M-T. 's Randy Baunach 

Dan Anderson 
30 Attendant Counselors 

REGION III (Butte S surrounding area) 

Buildings #18 & #20 ^^130 patients 

Supervisor MX., Rt^lph Pearce 

Social Worker rliss Judy Smith 

B.M.T. Jim. Lehman 

30 Attendant Counselors 

PEGIOK IV (Billings s surro'undi.ng area) 

Buildings t'4 s #5 100 patients 

Supervisor f'r. Richard Heard 

Social VJorker Mrs. Teel Carpenter 

B.M.T,, 's Chris Ferrier 

Steve Mci'lahon 
2 7 Attend.ant Counselors 



PFUi-PtiBFRTY (Ages 13 s younger) 

Building -7 86 patie.nts 

Supervisor .Miss Lynn Trost 

Social 'v'Jorker Mr, Pat Petir 

B..f''.'."lh 's Ch-rys Anderson 

Diana Co.nnick 
Stanford Uostedter 
28 .Attendant Counselors 

NON-AMBULATORY 

Buildings "16-A, B, C & 104-C 169 pacients 

Supervisor 'Irs. Betry Hulvancy 

Social Worker 

B.Mi.T. 's Pat Allen 

Carol Brown 
61 Attendant Counselors 



Please acquaint yourself v/ith the staff direcrly involved .in the care of your chiid , 'They 
will be happy to visit or correspond v.'ith you at any time. Vte are an open ins tirution; 
pleaise visit us frequently, at your convenience. Go directly to the building of the Unit 
m v;hich your child is housed. 

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Address Correction Requested 

Postoffice Box 87 
Boulder, Montana 59632 



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P.O. Box 87 
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