Generic Resources and Natural Supports

Overview

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. 

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CalFresh Food Benefits

Do you receive SSI? Beginning June 1, 2019 SSI recipients may be eligible for CalFresh food benefits. CalFresh is California’s food stamps (SNAP) program that can help households buy healthy foods. There is NO CHANGE or reduction to SSI/SSP amounts. To learn more, click the attached documents below.

Your Service Coordinator will discuss this benefit at your next annual meeting. To apply please click here.

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Generic Resources

Resources that do not require payment through ACRC

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: 

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Natural Supports

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.

Some examples are:

  • Friends
  • Neighbors
  • Extended family
  • Bus drivers
  • Grocery clerks
  • Places of worship
  • Community recreation teams