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.