Self-Direct Sustainability Planning: What Happens When a Caregiver is No Longer Capable or Alive to Administer the Self-Direct Model of Care?
Rick Thompson, parent and the Executive Director of Champions Community Foundation and Rita Young, parent and private consultant, will discuss a new Georgia-based project that is underway seeking answers to this critical issue. This cutting-edge initiative is driven by families and people with disabilities. In Georgia, approximately 4,000 families self-direct waiver services. Despite the additional responsibilities place on the caregiver or individual, the program is successful, and families are satisfied with the model of care. Join us in a frank conversation on the sustainability of the self-directed service model from the perspective of families.
Wednesday, March 29th from 2-3 PM (EST)
Registration is free but attendance is limited to the first 500 participants. You can register here.
Rick Thompson is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Champions Community Foundation (CCF), an Atlanta based 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to empower physically challenged young adults to reach their full potential for independence and belonging. CCF is expanding its mission in 3 ways: (1) through the development of Champions Place, a unique shared living environments for physically challenged young adults, (2) creating opportunities to build friendships and community, and (3) leveraging what CCF has learned to impact more lives working with Google, CCF is now installing the same assistive technology residents enjoy at Champions Place with other physically challenged young adults in our community.
Rita Young is the owner of Rita Young & Associates, a mission-based consulting firm started in 2014 with the goal of supporting positive outcomes for people with developmental disabilities through training initiatives, project management and advocacy. She has worked as a nonprofit public policy director, training director for the Partners in Policymaking program in Georgia, and as a lobbyist for HCBS services at the Georgia General Assembly. During COVID, Rita created the Real Talk with Rita YouTube channel and Facebook group, both dedicated to providing information and support to caregivers of adult with I/DD. Mother of two adult sons with autism, Rita lives in the North Atlanta area.