Community Guide Services Now Available!
Community Guide services were introduced in North Carolina on February 1, 2013. They are designed to help children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities as they work towards increased independence and community inclusion.
The purpose of Community Guide services is to:
- Encourage self-determination and self-direction.
- Increase participant’s ability to be involved and included in his/her community.
- Help participants develop social networks and connections within their own communities.
When you enroll in the Community Guide program at Community Partnerships, an experienced professional will:
- Provide tailored resources that meet your individual needs.
- Provide ongoing guidance and education that will help you find and maintain community supports.
- Act as your advocate within the system, helping you secure the resources and supports you need.
- Community Guide services are short-term, temporary (up to 6 months) and phase out as you achieve your goals. Services are also provided as needed: participants can enter, exit, and re-enter the program as their needs change.
Community Guide services can assist with:
- IEP advocacy and parent education.
- Understanding guardianship and the guardianship process.
- Locating financial assistance to meet basic needs (such as housing and utilities).
- Exploring organizations that can help pay for other necessary items (therapies, furniture, etc.).
- Locating self-advocacy groups.
- Locating after-school programs that include children with disabilities.
- Transition to adulthood.
- Locating social activities or social interest groups.
- Educating participants and their families about how to navigate the disability services system.
- Linking to non-Medicaid resources related to financial planning, renting, or purchasing a home, or applying for publicly-funded housing.
For more information about Eligibility & Enrollment click the here, or submit a question on the Online Inquiry Form.