ACRC develops an individualized plan for each eligible client
that identifies what services and supports will be needed to help
meet desired outcomes. This is important to understand because
while ACRC is committed to helping clients and/or their family
achieve their goals, by law, ACRC must exhaust other funding
sources, which are referred to as generic resources and natural
supports, prior to paying for any services. Funding
questions can sometimes be complex. Your Service Coordinator will
support the client and/or family in navigating these areas.
A “generic” resource is any agency which has legal responsibility
to serve all members of the general public and is receiving
public funds for providing those services. What they offer may be
helpful for you, your child or your family and does not require
funding by ACRC.
Some examples of generic resource or supports are:
When the regional center talks about “natural” supports we mean
those that are provided by people known to clients either by a
personal association or from relationships that typically develop
in the family and community. People like these help to
enhance or maintain the quality and security of life for clients
and are not paid to be there because they occur naturally.