Some Examples Are:
Community Inclusion (Supports Program Only) - This allows individuals to go on outings in the community in small groups with peers to places such as museums, sporting events, cultural events or educational activities. This is a great way to use the budget as these fees are lower than the community Based Supports Services and the peer interaction can be enjoyable and beneficial to many so the budget dollars can be maximized.
Environmental Modifications - This includes things like ramps, grab bars, widening of doorways, stair lifts and more.
How do others use their budget?
In addition to the Supports Program manual, your support coordinator can give you examples of how others use their budgets so you can get ideas. While some use the bulk of their budget for traditional Day Habilitation programs, others use their budget in varied ways.
For example: Jane and Sam are both a Tier C but Jane needs help to develop improved communication skills before she can work. She attends a traditional Day program, she gets additional behavioral supports to meet her needs as well as receives speech therapy. She attends the day program 4 times a week and has one day a week where she has an individual support person who takes her to a variety of community outings.
Sam is ready and eager to work but needs some guidance. He was first receiving Career Planning services and once he got a job he received Supported Employment services. Sam likes music and likes to be active so he is attending a music class and has a membership to a gym. He has an individual support person who comes to the home once a week to help him with his basic meal preparation skills and guide him in household tasks such as laundry and cleaning.