About PRISM

Application and Payment

Applying for our daily program involves a five-step process:

1. Set up a phone appointment

2. Set up a meeting and tour at PRISM

3. Assessment process

4. Application process

5. Enrollment is confirmed and a schedule is determined

We accept payment in a variety of ways. Your specific situation will be addressed during the introductory meeting at PRISM.

Ready to start the process?

Request a phone appointment

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

About the program

What types of programs does PRISM offer?

PRISM of Georgia provides job site training, life skills training, and lifelong learning opportunities. Participants engage in a variety of skill-building and learning activities, including academic exercises, community outings and job-related situations.

Does PRISM help people get jobs?

Yes. PRISM is an approved Provider with the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA). We will help referred and authorized clients of GVRA find employment.

What are the hours for the PRISM Adult Services Program?

General activities take place between 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Monday - Friday. Participants may arrive as early as 8:30 AM and stay as late as 3:30 PM; after 3:30 PM or before 8:30 AM, there is a $10 additional fee for the day. Participants may attend as few as 2 days or as many as 5 days a week. We close the week of the fourth of July, the week of Christmas and many Federal holidays.

What is the staff to participant ratio?

Staff to participant ratios are 1 staff member to up to 6 participants during most times of the day. Some job sites require a smaller ratio, and are accommodated as needed. Participants are expected to be able to navigate the PRISM environment independently without the need for constant supervision. One to one support is not available.

Is lunch included as part of the program?

Lunch is not provided and not included in program fees.  Participants should bring their own lunch and may use PRISM’s refrigerators, microwaves and toaster oven.

What happens in the case of illness?

If anyone is sick they may not attend. If an individual arrives and is ill, they will be sent home immediately.

How to Join and Funding PRISM

How are PRISM’s participants referred and what area are they from?

Individuals are referred to PRISM of Georgia through current PRISM participants, the Georgia public school system, “word-of-mouth”, the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), website searches, etc.
We serve participants throughout the surrounding areas of Atlanta, but most generally reside in the North Fulton County of Georgia.

How do participants pay for the PRISM Program?

  • Medicaid Waiver
  • Private Pay
  • Other funding sources, as identified by working with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

How do I apply for a Medicaid Waiver?

Contact the Region 3 Office of Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (“DBHDD”) at # (770) 414-3052; http://dbhdd.georgia.gov/region-3  or www.dfmc-georgia.org.

How do I apply for Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Services?

By contacting your local GVRA office. Click here to find a location: https://gvs.georgia.gov/find-location

Transportation

Does PRISM provide transportation to and from PRISM?

No. Participants must facilitate own transportation. Car-pooling opportunities with other families may be available. Access and utilization of transportation options in the community is included in training, if desired. PRISM job coaches will facilitate transportation to and from community activities and job sites

About Our Organization

What does PRISM stand for?

PRISM stands for Purpose, Relationships, Independence, Service and Mentorship.

Where does PRISM serve?

PRISM of Georgia serves anyone able to travel to our location.

Who does PRISM serve?

PRISM services adults 18 years or older with mild to moderate range of intellectual disabilities and NO longer attending high school. PRISM’s summer program serves ages 16+.

Is there a maximum age range?

No, although most of our individuals are in their 20’s and 30’s.  

How is PRISM funded?

Primarily through participant fees, government agencies as well as private funding from individuals, corporations and foundations.

What if I have a question that is not addressed here?

Send us an email at prismga@gmail.com and we will be happy to provide additional information you may require.

Staff

Vocational and Life Skills Team

William Albino

VR Instructor, Vocation and Life Skills & Job Coach

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Emily Auer

VR Instructor, Vocation and Life Skills & Job Coach

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Bobby Newman

VR Instructor, Vocation and Life Skills & Job Coach

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Debbie Shelton

Vocation and Life Skills Trainer/Coach

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Christine Waugh

Job Coach

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Patty Bryant

Job Coach

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Taylor Shelton

Skills Instructor and Coach

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Marguerite Jordaan

Skills Instructor and Coach

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Administrative Team

Marilynn Martinez

Executive Director

Marilynn Martinez is the program Founder and Executive Director of PRISM.  With 8+ years of creating and implementing services and programming for adults with disabilities, she is also a proud parent of two children, one with special needs.

Her child with special needs is currently in his early twenties and on the Autism Spectrum.  Once her child was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Marilynn assumed the role of advocate for him in the public school system, private community programs and within the healthcare system. In order to take advantage of early intervention and ensure her son was adequately included in school and various social settings she spent many hours learning and working with school staff and therapists on implementing techniques such as applied behavior analysis, incidental teaching strategies, visual supports, sensory integration et cetera. In 2000 she put her aspiring corporate career aside to fully focus on her son and his complex needs.  Initially, she continued to work on a part-time basis and then in 2005 she left corporate life completely.

With over 20 year’s corporate experience, Marilynn had worked at several large companies that included RJ Reynolds Nabisco, Norrell Corporation, and SunTrust Bank. Her corporate roles ranged from various management roles of increasing responsibility to Assistant Vice President.  Marilynn has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management, with concentrations in Marketing and Computer Science from Keene State College of The University of New Hampshire.   She has also received certification to implement Customized Employment services.  Marilynn also has enjoyed volunteering her time providing assistance with support groups, teacher/classroom support, and hospice care.

Marilynn Martinez

Exectutive Director

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Eja Lefferts

Project & Events Manager

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Katie Novak

Program Manager

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Parker Miller

Marketing Manager

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Our Mission

Our Mission

Changing the way the community sees people with developmental disabilities and recognizing that every life has a purpose.

Our Vision

To be North Fulton County’s foremost service provider for the adult special needs community through individualized programs, specialized support, and community inclusion.

The PRISM Acronym

A prism is not just a metaphor for the range of people and goals we serve. It also doubles as an acronym, detailing the guiding principles of our program.

Purpose
Start each day with purpose, self-fulfillment, and have a goal to work toward.

Relationships
Learn to initiate and maintain relationships necessary for work and recreation.

Independence
Work on independence skills both at home and on the job site in order to be able to self-advocate and ultimately become more self-sufficient.

Service
Become part of the community by working at job sites and/or participating in volunteer opportunities.

Mentorship
Learn to become a leader and help mentor others who may walk in your footsteps.

Get Involved

Thanks for your interest in supporting us. We're a nonprofit organization and rely on donations from awesome people who resonate with our mission. Any support is greatly appreciated!

Other ways to support us

1. Shop PRISMarket Online

2. Donate an unused item to PRISMarket.

Check our Item Donation Wish List periodically to see if there's anything you can give us.

3. Link us to your Kroger Plus account!

When you link your Kroger Plus card to PRISM, we earn money every time you shop! No donation required.

Step 1: Log in to Kroger Community Rewards using your current Kroger Plus Account.

Step 2: Type in our NPO Number: XG424 and click Search.

Step 3: Click Enroll and then you're done! Shop as you normally would.

4. Spread the word!

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