DTS

Guthrie Mainstream Services DTS Program – Full

Thank you for your interest in GMS’s summer program for your loved one.  We try hard to make as many appropriate placements as possible to serve our community.  At this time, we are not able to accept any additional placements. In full transparency, our staffing levels are concerningly low and continue to deteriorate.  The service industry is raising their hourly rates to stay competitive, however, our rates are determined by our Arizona Government and our elected Representatives.  If this is also a concern to you or the direct care staffing shortage has directly impacted your and your loved ones, please consider taking time to reach out to your local representatives to share your story and express the need for more funding. There is currently a bill, SB 1230, being reviewed for the state budget.  If this is passed it would give an additional $30M in ongoing funding to DDD and early intervention services.  Our community needs this funding, so that agencies can offer competitive wages in line with other industries to hire highly qualified direct care staff. 

If you are interested in contacting your local representatives, you can start here: https://www.azleg.gov/findmylegislator/

With that being said, you are welcome to complete our questionnaire and share your information with us so if we do have staff available in the future, we can keep you in mind.

We wish you the best and hope you are able to find a quality program for your loved one!

Guthrie Mainstream Services DTS PROGRAM

Basic Information:

– DTS is offered Monday through Friday from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

– We ask that your child attends the program Monday through Friday to keep ratios consistent.

– Guthrie Mainstream Service (GMS) does not provide transportation to and from the program. 

– Registration for our current members is due by the end of April. We will then assess how many spaces we have available for new members.

– While we cannot guarantee you a space in our program, we would be happy to keep your contact information on file and touch base with you if we have a space open for your child.

– Please send us your contact information as well as a little info about your child so we can assess if we have a proper placement for them.

Sharing a copy of the ISP and IEP will speed up the process and help us know if we are able to accommodate your child in our DTS program.
* Space is VERY limited

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What is DTS?

A: The main focus of DTS is skill building in a group setting with an emphasis on recreation, leisure and socialization.

Q: How many hours of DTS can be billed per day?

A: A max of 4 DTS hours can be billed per day. Hours do not roll over to compensate for missed days.

Q: What types of activities will my child be doing?

A: Some of our large group activities include: musical chairs, obstacle courses, relay races, parachute, Don’t Eat Pete, balloon volleyball, Bingo, treasure hunts, dance parties, and hide and seek. Some small group activities include: art, play-dough, board games, bubbles, computer lab, reading and imagination.

Q: Should my child attend DTS? How can I get DTS hours for my child?

A: If you think your child would benefit from DTS, please contact your support coordinator. They will help you start the process.

Q: If my child doesn’t have DTS hours, do you accept private pay?

A: No, all children must receive services through DDD to attend our programs. We cannot accept private payment.

Q: When does registration begin?

A: The deadline for current children attending the program is April 31. After we assess our available space we will open registration for new members. We will try to contact new members after the 15th of May.  While we cannot guarantee it, providing call back information will increase your chance of obtaining a space in our DTS program.

Q: How do you group children?

A: We try our best to group children based on their physical and developmental level. Children, teens and young adults are grouped separately by age. We want your child to have the best experience while attending out program. We will let you know if we do not have an appropriate group for them to join.

Q: Do you provide transportation to and from the program?

A: No, we do not provide transportation to and from the program. Although you are assessed transportation hours through DDD, we are unable to provide that service.

Q: Which location would be most appropriate for my child?

A: Our supervisors will help assess which GMS location is appropriate for your child.

Q: How do I know what ratio my child receives?

A: Your support coordinator should be able to tell you what ratio your child is approved for. All children are given a 1-4 ratio (one adult to four children) but an enhanced ratio can be assessed for children with physical, behavioral or medical issues. Approval from DDD is needed before we can provide services to your child.

Q: When does DTS start?

A: DTS begins June 1st and ends August 31st. Some children choose to attend until school resumes or just for the months of June and July.

Q: Can I use DTS hours at home?

A: DTS hours can only be billed in a certified facility and cannot be billed in the home.

Q: What will my child be working on?

A: Along with our provided activities, each DTS member has individual goals focusing on social skills. Each DTS group has a flexible schedule they follow daily.

Thank you for your interest in our program, please let us know if you have further questions.

Guthrie Mainstream Services Offers DTS at the Following Locations:

Ability Center

6549 E. University
Mesa, AZ 85205

Children 5 to 13 years of age
Teens 13 to 17 years of age
Young Adults 18 to 21 years of age

Discovery Center

1183 N. Recker Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85234

Children 5 to 13
years of age
Teens 13 to 17 years of age
Young Adults 18 to 21 years of age