PART OF Community Programs
The Resource Department provides Information, Referrals and Advocacy for those Consumers who may not qualify for the Options PCA program and Adult Foster Care (AFC) Program. The department also maintains a directory of resources available to a wide range of Consumers, family members and Organizations. The resource department works in cooperation with the Options’ PCA Program, the Options’ Adult Foster Care Program, Options staff, Centers for independent Living and other community organizations. The Resource Department is completely staffed by people with lived experience of having a disability. Embracing the philosophy of the Independent Living Movement they openly share their personal knowledge and experiences with other staff members and consumers. The Resource Department:
Provides disability and community related information and referrals to all people with disabilities, family members, service providers and community members.
Provide up to date and accurate information allowing people with disabilities to maximize their independence
Empowers people with disabilities to make the choices necessary to take control of their lives to participate fully and actively in their communities.
Offers peer counseling via phone or face to face to consumers in very challenging situations.
Helps people with disabilities become eligible for Mass Health Standard or Mass Health CommonHealth for working disabled adults. Allowing consumers to fund/access community based programs to live more independently in the community such as; The Personal Care Attendant Program and The Adult Foster/Family Care Program.
Helps people with disabilities find/access community programs and services to achieve and maintain more independent and productive lives in the community.
Advocates on an individual and systemic level to promote equal rights for people with disabilities to participate fully in their chosen community.