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10.  Make your contacts early and research local connections in the community to identify resources for the circle of support.

9. Find out what financial resources (waivers, income, social security, private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare) that the person may have or qualify for as you develop the plan.

8.  Negotiate fiscal resources to ensure that the person has adequate funding to provide the needed services and supports.

7.  Determine the best housing resources for each person’s situation (Section 8 voucher, SCIOTO assistance, HUD, loans, grants, subsidies) and include housing agency representatives on the circles of support.

6.  Consider each person’s needs for accessing his/her community. Remember to include transportation, location, leisure opportunities, employment, religious connections, etc.

5. Be as specific as possible when developing the PATH plan.  Help the person envision his/her house, apartment, front yard, back yard, neighborhood, etc.

4. Don’t leave a meeting with burning questions!  Check in with each circle member to make sure that everyone’s questions have been asked – even if you don’t know the answers right away.

3. Make sure that everyone “shares the load” when it comes to planning with people!  It’s not just one person’s responsibility to make things happen!

2.  Diversity is a key to success!  Try to encourage involvement from a variety of people – both paid and non paid supports.

1. Keep the person and his/her circle of support engaged and focused on the VISION!  Know what you are aiming for!


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