ERIC Number: ED442223
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Guiding People Home: The Role of Wisconsin's Supported Housing Specialist.
O'Brien, John; O'Brien, Connie Lyle
This paper describes the role of the Supported Housing Specialist as developed by the Wisconsin Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. The paper is based on extensive interviews with Marcie Brost who developed and holds the position. This paper is intended to be used with a set of guidebooks providing practical advice about procedures that are effective in developing individualized housing solutions and two videotapes showing what some families have achieved. The paper emphasizes the role of the service broker and the importance of creating effective relationships in finding individualized housing solutions. The paper notes system boundaries and conflicts that define the specialist's role and identifies defining principles such as separating housing and support and encouraging family investment. It stresses the use of a "least difference" strategy that utilizes a decision-making process as similar as possible to that of any other individual selecting housing. Emphasis is also on generation of local patterns of success. The paper reports on results such as provision of assistance with individualized housing solutions to 177 households over a 3-year period. (DB)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Housing, Independent Living, Individualized Programs, Interviews, Specialists
Wisconsin Council on Developmental Disabilities, P.O. Box 7851, Madison, WI 53707-7851.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin Council on Developmental Disabilities, Madison.; Administration on Developmental Disabilities (DHHS), Washington, DC.; National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.; Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.; Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Research and Training Center on Community Living.; Syracuse Univ., NY. Center on Human Policy.
Authoring Institution: Responsive Systems Associates, Lithonia, GA.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin