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Supported Living Principles

The Principles of Supported Living were created through the original pilot project for Supported Living but we feel they truly apply to supporting anyone in any service category.

A Home of One's Own
  • Individuals live in homes that they own, lease or rent like other members of their community.
  • They Choose where they live and with whom, and they control what happens in their homes.
  • Individuals are secure in their homes and do not have to move if their needs, their services or their service agency changes.
  • Individuals are safe in their homes and neighborhoods.
Choice and Self-Directed
  • My voice, my choice!
  • An individual makes her own everyday choices.
  • Individuals plan for their future.
  • They direct the services they receive, and have a choice of agencies and staff.
  • Individuals are supported (e.g. technology, communication devices, behavioral support) to communicate their preferences, choices and needs.
  • Individuals are satisfied with the services they receive.
  • An individual has family, friends and neighbors who support her in regular ways or as paid help.
  • The individual and her circle of support work together as a team with the agency and others to share responsibility for her well-being.
Community Membership
  • An Individual fully participates in the mainstream of community life.
  • Individuals have opportunities to join clubs, groups, and churches.
  • Individuals use local community resources and generic services.
Flexible and Tailored Services and Supports
  • An Individual has a service plan, which is developed through a person-centered planning process.
  • The plan reflects the support that the individual wants and needs.
  • Services are provided in the individual's home and community at times when they are preferred.
  • Services offer the individual opportunities to increase competence, confidence and quality of life.