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Thursday, December 14 • 10:55am - 11:45am
Autonomy in More Ways than One LIMITED

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Community Living Services (CLS) is a large nonprofit corporation serving persons in Michigan. CLS promotes "community inclusion, full citizenship, and a self-determined life" for nearly 4,000 people of all ages with developmental disabilities. Many adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities are perceived to require assistance from others to help make decisions regarding supports and services received. Often time they are forced to give up their person-hood and autonomy through legal means in order to receive the very supports necessary for them to gain control of their lives. Structural changes within the support system and organizational practices are necessary. This session will describe the alternative support options that preserve autonomy, with emphasis on those that maintain the highest level of freedom and authority for the individual. This session will describe supports that when implemented honestly, act to shift control from the system to the person. The supports covered will include; independent facilitation, person-centered planning, self-determination, individual budgeting, supported decision-making, right of tenancy and fiscal intermediary services. CLS is a legacy organization originally formed 34 years ago to help people move out of state run institutions into the group homes developed in the community. CLS is the largest single "C" Habilitation Supports waiver provider in the state serving people with significant disabilities. CLS has undertaken significant transformation over the past 22 years. In early 1990s CLS oversaw 250 - 6 bed licensed group homes, housing over 1,400 people. In 2017, 85 group homes remain housing 376 people, 1,300 are supported in their own home and the remaining 2,300 are supported within their family. This presentation will describe the policy and organization changes that were made, built on the principles of self-determination, to shift control from provider operated systems and professional guardianship agencies to people who in growing numbers live in homes they own or rent, with housemates and support staff of their choice. Consequently, the changes made in operations have also resulted in CLS being proactively aligned with the HCBS rules. This will also be described during the course of the presentation.

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Dohn Hoyle

Director of Public Policy, The Arc Michigan
Dohn Hoyle is the currently the Director of Public Policy (formerly the Executive Director) of The Arc of Michigan and a long-time advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. A respected leader and innovator in the disability movement, Dohn helped to rewrite the Michigan... Read More →
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Paul Newman

Chief Operating Officer/Vice President of Operations, Community Living Services, Inc.
Paul Newman is the Chief Operating Officer/Vice President of Operations of Community Living Services, Inc., Michigan.  CLS is a non-profit organization supporting over 4000 people with developmental disabilities in the Southeast Michigan area. Paul has been instrumental in systems... Read More →

Thursday December 14, 2017 10:55am - 11:45am
M303 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

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