By JEFFREY ROSEBERG, Associated PressIllumination is the name of a community-led testing program for people with disabilities.
In the U.S., it has been tested more than 100 times and has been used to test people with hearing loss, blindness and severe depression, including in Arizona, where the program has been in place since 2011.
The tests are part of a wider initiative known as Bright-Line, which is being piloted in Arizona.
Illuminate is a community effort to help people with disability find the right place to go to and get tested, said Jessica McAlister, program manager for Illuminators, a group that is part of Bright-line.
The testing is not a diagnostic test.
It’s not a test to determine whether people have a diagnosis or a problem, McAlisters said.
It is a way for people who have a disability to find their way into a facility that they might otherwise not be able to access.
In order to get an appointment, people have to be certified in the program.
If someone is certified, they are required to sign an affidavit that explains why they are being tested and their history of the condition, McAsister said.
Once they are certified, people can go through the testing at home or at a designated location, such as a library or community center, or through a community support group.
Participants who have not had the benefit of a certified physician may have to pay a fee to the testing center.
The fees are not waived if they are able to pay, McAllister said, but the center will provide free testing if people can prove they have a reasonable income and no history of mental illness.
People who cannot afford to pay can find services through the state’s financial aid system, including private financial aid programs.
“Illuminating is an option for people that have to make decisions and make choices,” McAlison said.
“The fact that they’re being tested in a community setting is important.
It gives them an opportunity to get tested.
And the fact that there is a safe place to do it also gives them a sense of safety, and a sense that there’s someone out there who will listen and who will care.”
Some people who would otherwise have been unable to access testing because of disabilities are now able to, McAvoy said.
The program is part, part, of Bright Line, which was launched in 2011 and now has more than 600 volunteers.
The Arizona Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is one of its partners.
Some programs in the state, including the Arizona State Department of Health, have partnered with Bright-LINE to provide support for people transitioning from a substance abuse treatment program.
It includes job training, vocational counseling and other services.
About 75 percent of Bright Lines patients in Arizona are either people who are deaf or hard of hearing, McDevitt said.
Many are also diagnosed with chronic illness and need additional support, such that they can participate fully in the Bright-Liners program.
The Bright-Lines are run by the Arizona Department for Mental Health, which runs a $2.5 million budget and about 80 volunteers.
There are other organizations, such a drug rehabilitation program called Community Recovery, which also serves people with physical disabilities, McEvoy said, that also have similar programs.
In addition to Bright Line and the Bright Line program, there are about 300 other Bright-Liems that have been tested and can be used as part of the state program.
Some have been in the U