I tend to forget that he has any disabilities, because he deals with every situation in such a positive way. I really admire him; I’m inspired by him.
—Bobbie, who supports Jarrett
Supported Living is an individually tailored set of services and supports designed for adults who manage developmental disabilities. People using Supported Living Services create their own lifestyles and live in homes of their own, with or without housemates, according to their choice. With the support of family, friends and agencies, they choose their activities, companions and goals, creating lives that are typical of others in their communities. They participate in their communities and work, with individualized support, toward achieving their personal goals.
Making the transition from living at parents’ homes or group
settings to living in a home of your own through Supported Living Services
typically takes a minimum of six months. The process includes but is not limited
to the following steps:
1. If you are a client of a Regional Center, tell your service coordinator that you want to include living in a home of your own and receiving Supported Living Services as a goal on your Individual Program Plan (IPP). (See "What is an IPP?" on the FAQ web page.) If you are not being served by a Regional Center, contact the center that serves your area and request an assessment to begin services. People whom CLO serves are under the umbrella of the Alta California Regional Center (ACRC) If your first contact is with CLO, we will refer you to ACRC. Your ACRC service coordinator can also refer you to CLO. CLO will assist you with the Regional Center process, which will include referring you to a variety of SLS agencies. CLO encourages you to contact other agencies because each agency has a unique culture, and we want you to be able to choose an agency that is the best fit for your personal goals. If you wish to discuss receiving SLS on a private pay basis, you may contact CLO .
2. CLO arranges a meeting with you to begin to get to know you and learn about your needs, desires and goals.
3. CLO requests ACRC to send us a personalized packet of information for you, which can include a cover letter, your current IPP; assessments that indicate your information, such as speech and communication, occupational or physical therapy, medical or behavior plans; Client Development Evaluation Report (CDER); and any other documentation that the service coordinator feels would assist CLO to provide quality services for you. CLO will assist you with the Regional Center process, which will include referring you to a variety of SLS agencies. CLO encourages you to contact other agencies because each agency has a unique culture, and we want you to be able to choose an agency that has practices best suited to pursuing your personal goals.
4. The CLO intake team reviews the packet of information. They might request additional information from you and/or ACRC, in the context of your interview with CLO. You and CLO decide if you would make a good match.
5. The CLO intake team begins assisting with the transition process and schedules visits with you to learn everything about you that they need to know in order to support you. Visits can be at your current home, in the community, at a work site and/or the CLO office. Creative Living Options has developed a comprehensive assessment process using Person Centered Planning, which we follow with each prospective person we support. The basic assessments will include but are not limited to:
centers are private, non-profit corporations that contract with the California
Department of Developmental Services to provide or coordinate services and
supports for individuals experiencing developmental disabilities, from birth
through adulthood. Twenty-one regional
centers are located throughout California to help find and access the
services available to individuals and their families. People whom CLO serves
are under the umbrella of the Alta
California Regional Center (ACRC).
The regional center provides a case manager, or service coordinator, for each person it supports. The service coordinator works with the individual and his/her circle of support (see "Circle of Support" in the FAQ web page) to develop an Individual Program Plan (IPP) (see "What is an IPP?" in the FAQ web page). If an individual wants to pursue the option of Supported Living, he/she states it as a goal in the IPP. Some regional centers reimburse Supported Living agencies for a portion of their expenses. Agencies such as CLO and the people they support maintain a relationship with service coordinators. The service coordinators, SLS agencies and consumers meet periodically to review and revise IPPs and assess progress toward consumers’ goals.