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Self-Directed Care

Self-directed care services, often referred to as consumer-directed services, is a philosophy and practice that assumes that caregivers have the right and ability to assess their own needs, determine how and by whom those needs are met, and evaluate the quality of the services they receive.

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411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities

This Workbook is designed for youth and adults working with them to learn about disability disclosure. This workbook helps young people make informed decisions about whether or not to disclose their disability and understand how that decision may impact their education, employment, and social lives. Based on the premise that disclosure is a very personal decision, the Workbook helps young people think about and practice disclosing their disability. The workbook does not tell a young person what to do. Rather, it helps them make informed decisions about disclosing their disability, decisions that will affect their educational, employment, and social lives.

 

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Accessing Home and Community-Based Services: A Guide for Self-Advocates

Accessing Home and Community-Based Services: A Guide for Self Advocates is a tool designed to help people with disabilities, families, and friends find and use available resources. This may include family and friends, community-based services, state funded waivers and programs, and other resources to help empower people with disabilities to live as independently as possible and make our own choices about what we need. It is a tool to inform about various resources and how to access them. It is also a reference about resources that, although you may not need or want them now, you can use in the future.

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Become a Youth Peer Advocate (YPA)

Are you a young person who is between the ages of 18 and 30 years old with first-hand experience with mental health, special education, or foster care services? Are you curious about ways you could help a younger person who is facing some of the same challenges you faced?

If so, consider becoming a Youth Peer Advocate (YPA). Learn more about how you can use your own experience with recovery to make a positive impact in another young person’s life.

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Benefit Development Resource Guide

The Benefit Development Resource Guide (Resource Guide) is designed to assist employees who are responsible for developing the benefits and entitlements necessary to fund services for individuals served by OPWDD and voluntary provider agencies. It is not intended to be read from cover to cover, though those new to the topics discussed may wish to do so. The Resource Guide is primarily intended to be used as a reference during the process of assisting individuals in developing the benefits necessary to fund their care.

This guide provides detailed information about conducting eligibility investigations, protecting assets, and applying for Medicaid, the OPWDD Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security benefits (SSDI), Medicare, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – formerly called Food Stamps). The manual consists of this introduction and the following sections:

  • Benefit Development
  • Liability for Services
  • Medicaid
  • Home and Community Based Services Waiver
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Social Security Benefits 
  • Work Incentives 
  • Medicare
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • Resource Management
  • Additional Resources

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College: You Can Do It! Tip Sheet

This tip sheet provides helpful information to help students with disabilities prepare for college.

The document covers three phases: 

  • Preparing for college while in high school.
  • Staying in college, which requires numerous self-management skills.
  • Preparing to move beyond college and into a career.

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Express Yourself! Assessing Self-determination in your Life

This brochure contains a self-assessment designed to help you discover your level of self-determination and provides useful links to websites and resources with related information to help you stay determined and personally involved in your care.

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Find and Keep Housing for Transitional Age and Former Foster Youth

This Honoring Emancipated Youth Housing Guide provides practical advice on how to find and keep housing for transitional age and former foster youth. The guide was written by former foster youth, volunteers and community members. This guide is dedicated to housing and is a valuable resource to any young person, but especially former foster youth and disconnected transitional aged youth. This guide strives to provide guidance to youth ages 18-24 to procure safe and affordable housing.

Note: This guide was written for California youth, but was included here because of the valuable information contained within.

 

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Foster Club's Transition Toolkit

The FosterClub Transition Toolkit can help foster youth and the adults supporting them develop a comprehensive transition plan. This Transition Toolkit is built around ten different domains (or topics): finances + money management; job + career; life skills; identity; permanence; education; self-care + health; housing; transportation; community; culture and social life. In this Toolkit, each of these domains is shown as a line on a subway map. The “subway” map will give you a look at everything you’ll need to plan for on your way to successful life on your own. The Toolkit also provides with transition planning worksheet templates.

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Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) - Family Unification Program (FUP) Q&A

This document contains questions and answers and a brief overview of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and Family Unification Program (FUP).

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How to Take and Manage Your Medications

This document provides practical guidance on medication management.

Developed by the Council on Children and Families and Funded by the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council