Why individualized planning and facilitation? We could talk about human rights, community, dignity, family, friends.
But let’s talk about why independent planning/facilitation makes financial sense.
THEN: (8 years ago)
My daughter Talia was 18. She was in school with no plans about what do when she left. She was dependent on us for most things—including going anywhere in the community or staying home alone safely.
Talia, her facilitator/planner and support circle have met for the past 8 years. With their support, Talia has accomplished many of her goals.
-takes the bus around town independently
-has part-time paid and volunteer jobs.
-takes yoga and fitness classes in community
-has met her dream of moving out with a roommate with the support of a local agency, her long-time facilitator/planner and her circle.
WHY A FACILITATOR/PLANNER AND A SUPPORT CIRCLE?
Independent Facilitation/Planning helps build skills, community involvement, friendships and natural supports. This means less reliance on the developmental social service system.
So, cutting funding to Facilitation/Planning actually increases costs of supporting a vulnerable person.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Independent Facilitation/Planning MUST continue to be funded:
-increase strengths, relationships, natural supports, community and citizenship.
-decrease costs and reliance on paid supports and the developmental system.
It just makes good sense!