Improving Services and Supports

Guardianship Training for Attorneys & Families
The primary purpose of this project isto increase the knowledge of individuals with disabilities and their families about the various ways to provide decision-making assistance under Florida law. The Council has partnered with the Office of the Public Guardian, Inc. (OPG) to host a series of two-dayworkshops (one day for individuals and families and one day for attorneys) on guardianship and other decision making alternatives. Workshops have been held throughout the state over the course of the last three years.While there are currently no face to face workshops scheduled at this time, the Council has a self-paced web curriculum on this website for individuals and families who are interested in learning about this very important issue.

Guardianship & Guardianship Alternatives Guide
Entitled “Lighting the Way to Guardianship & Other Decision Making Alternatives”, this guide for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families provides up to date information about alternatives to guardianship. The guide also describes Florida’s guardianship and guardian advocacy process. This resource is currently available for distribution.

Restoration of Capacity Study & Work Group
The Council has developed a partnership with the Office of the Public Guardian to explore the need for restoration of capacity for individuals with developmental disabilities under Florida guardianship. When completed, the Research and Feasibility Report will contain information about the unique challenges the Florida guardianship system. In addition, the Council will convene a Stakeholders’ Work Group whose membership will understand the issues surrounding restoration of capacity and will have the capacity to effectuate positive change on Florida’s current system. The members of the work group will assist with developing recommendations for next steps for the Council to consider.

Developing Community Coalitions
The Council has developed a partnership with the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities to develop four (4) sustainable coalitions in Florida that eventually can support the development of informal and volunteer services available in their area to help meet identified unmet needs of individuals with developmental disabilities who are currently on Florida’s Medicaid Waiver waitlist.

A long term goal of this project is to form grassroots coalitions throughout the state that are capable of identifying and increasing access to generic or shared services that can be utilized by the larger community. During the first year of this project, coalition building began in Escambia, Santa Rosa, & Okaloosa counties (Area 1), Jefferson, Madison & Taylor counties (Area 2) and Alachua, Bradford and Levy counties (Area 3). Click Here for story about Project Enable's First Respite Day.

The project is currently in the second project year. Participants of each coalition meet monthly to discuss the needs of their communities, conduct resource mapping and networking activities and to develop a cohesive structure for their coalitions. Please contact the Council office to learn more about meeting dates and times for these coalitions. The location for the fourth coalition will be selected before the end of the second project year.

DD Wait List Strategic Plan
The Council has partnered with the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida to develop and convene a DD Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver Wait List Stakeholders’ Task Force. The members of this task force will assist the Council with developing a comprehensive written strategic plan that will be useful in providing verifiable information and recommendations about the HCBS Waiver Wait List to key state decision makers such as the Governor and the Florida Legislature. This initiative is a collaborative effort with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, the Family Care Council of Florida, the Arc of Florida, Disability Rights Florida, families and individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as representatives of other developmental disabilities organizations and other stakeholders. 

 

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