An association for the
Steps to Support for All is a group of individuals working to move the State of
Steps to Support for All is an association with an educational mission. Its members include leaders in our communities, former legislators, professionals who serve Texans who are aging or disabled, family members of, and individuals with, disabilities.
Strategy for Success - Education
Provide accurate information about the needs of
those having disabilities or who are aging to the citizens of
· Stress the importance of working together in the distribution and delivery of service. All services are necessary! We do not place higher value on the needs of one segment over those of another segment.
· Develop and promote partnerships between organizations that will improve current programs and encourage new programs which will better serve individuals receiving support from DADS.
Through a spirit of good will and education, Steps
to Support for All formed to promote close and effective cooperation
between groups advocating for certain populations of Texans with disabilities
and those advocating for senior citizens. By doing so, the association will provide a climate of fairness and
compassion for all who need services and foster an effective working
relationship with legislators and the administrative organization of the
Department of Aging and Disability Services.
These efforts are extended to end the confusion created by factions and redirect the focus onto the
Learn about the association Steps to Support for All. http://www.mkdowney.com/ef.html. We are working together to improve services for those who are aging or have disabilities. Please join us!
Contact: Martha Kate Downey firstname.lastname@example.org (817) 283-4114 or cell (817) 946-1332
Older Texans and persons with disabilities and mental retardation will be supported by a comprehensive and cost-effective service delivery system that promotes and enhances individual well-being, dignity, and choice.
To provide a comprehensive array of aging, disability, and mental retardation services, supports, and opportunities that is easily accessed in local communities.
Our key responsibilities include:
· Working in partnership with consumers, caregivers, service providers, and other stakeholders;
· Developing and improving service options that are responsive to individual needs and preferences; and
· Ensuring and protecting self-determination, consumer rights, and safety.
Representatives from these agencies or groups work with members of Steps to Support for All to provide documentation about services or the needs of those served by D.A.D.S. They pre-check information for accuracy prior to its publication on the Steps website, or being posted to the members of Steps to Support for All. Information provided by Steps does not serve as a platform for any of the entities.
· State schools
Where are we now and where are we going?
June 2006 Update
Through the sharing of accurate information, Steps to
Support for All has earned the respect of many around our state. It has
become a unifying association. Steps began as a means of providing
factual, unbiased information. New members joined the mission so that
they might help pull resources and programs together for the common good rather
than striving to "win" money for one program at the expense of
another (i.e. state schools programs over community-based services). Through
Steps to Support for All, members with children in state schools work alongside
members with children in community living arrangements. The strength of our
association lies in the experience and honesty of its members. Each
member's sincere desire to best serve ALL those in need is our unifying factor.
Our association is still relatively new. It began in the fall of 2004 and the scope of its mission and its membership has blossomed. It is difficult to gage the actual membership of the association since our primary method of joining together is via Internet exchanges. Each post sent to 100 members is generally sent on to many, many others. In the spring of 2005 we were asked to become stakeholders for HHSC, so I gather our voices were definitely heard and respected during the general legislative session of 2005.
Due to the extensive Steps network, valuable links are forming and new projects begun. Through Step contacts, the Come Read with Me project for life-long learning has joined forces with Texas Women's University,
Steps to Support for All does not always call members to action, but often uses the individuals as a source of information and support. Steps members came together following hurricane Katrina to alert one another of possible resources and specialized help around our state. Because of the expertise of various Step members and the organizations to which they belong, crises information was developed, posted on the Steps website, and sent to hospitals and crisis centers. (Crisis referral page, Strategies for helping children with autism cope with upheaval) In addition to Steps successful efforts to facilitate better crises care for individuals with disabilities in medical facilities, the location of special housing for the special needs families was made available. Cook Children's Hospital in
Update July 2006
Current Steps to Support for All:
1. Adequate housing and services for those having
exceptional needs who choose to stay in home-community settings.
2. Adequate housing and services for the elderly citizens of
3. Community programs with a positive history. Maintain the local control that has produced these successful programs - do not allow restructuring (DADS) to sacrifice successful programs.
4. Continuity of effective community services. Allow counties to do individual planning in the restructuring so to continue to use effective community services and funding i.e. food banks, local Area Agencies on Aging, etc., plus the extensive contribution by volunteers.
5. Adequate housing and programs for those living in state schools.
6. Pay scale raises to equitable levels for those providing medical and direct care to persons with disabilities to ensure qualified and sufficient personnel.
7. Elimination of the waiting list for all Medicaid Waiver Programs through proper funding of needed services.
8. Redefining the customer as the person in need of services and therefore eliminate compartmentalizing and restrictions that hamper delivery of services.
9. Consistent services for the future of all with disabilities.
10. Letting the market place determine what support is required for each individual, i.e. state school, community placement, in home and family support. The market place should determine what people need in order to minimize waste and provide appropriate service to the individual.
11. Support programs to extend guardianship for 18-year-old foster children with mental retardation or developmental disabilities to age 22 to enable the young adults to receive support as they develop life skills training, establish work situations, or complete their educations. Upon reaching the age of 22, if the guardian is not a family member, then it would become necessary for the guardian to reapply to continue the guardianship if such care and protection are needed.
12. Support voluntary emergency placements in state schools for families in crises.
13. Support those items listed in the resolution passed by the Texas Guardianship Association 5-2-2005.