NCCDD’s three-year Supported Living: Making the Difference initiative (January 1, 2017-December 31, 2019) set out to promote the new Supported Living Innovations Waiver service that started in North Carolina in 2016 and demonstrate how individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) can live in a home of their choice in the community with certain supports.
Over three years, Vaya Health worked with four provider agencies to assist 45 individuals with I/DD in transitioning to homes of their choice in the community. The initiative uncovered many of the challenges that individuals with varying levels of needs face in making a successful transition to living in their own home with support. Working with numerous community partners, Vaya Health compiled all of the learning experiences and lessons learned into this guidebook or resource manual titled “It’s My Home.” In this guidebook, you will find five sections or “buckets” with a wealth of information geared toward different players who are involved in Supported Living below. Click on any one of the five to open and find more details:
Why Supported Living?
What’s the Difference?
What is Dignity of Experience?
What is the NC Innovations Waiver?
How can I learn more about Person-Centered Thinking?
How Do I Support People to Make Their Own Choices?
How do I get started?
What is the future of supports for people with disabilities?
Is Supported Living for me?
The Right Fit: Finding and Keeping a Great Direct Support Professional
Thinking Through Housing
What if I want (or need) a roommate??
What if I have or am a legal guardian??
The Supported Living Mindset
Supporting People's Access to Money
The Dignity of Experience
Becoming the Best Direct Support Professional
Setting the Culture
Person-Centered Staffing Practices
Person-Centered Individualized Budgeting
Supporting the Dignity of Experience
Technology’s Role in Supported Living
Self-Direction & Person-centered Services
Crisis Intervention Resources
NCCDD hopes that this information along with the success story videos will enable individuals with I/DD, their families, their support professionals, the agencies they work with, and other community partners to see how to set up Supported Living successfully to make community living a reality for those individuals benefitting from this service. As John O’Brien wrote in 1993, “Supported Living is a simple concept in danger of being complicated until its power to help people with developmental disabilities gets lost.” NCCDD hopes this resource will provide many of the tools needed to understand how to do Supported Living successfully to give those individuals the opportunity to more fully participate in their communities.