What Is A Support Coordinator?
For those of you that do not know, a Support Coordinator is someone with expertise in assisting individuals with special needs and their families in their planning process and with coordination of services. Focusing on an individual’s needs, hopes, and dreams, Support Coordinators use their expertise to guide them in the development of their support plan, used to coordinate and monitor appropriate services and supports for the individual.
A few specific ways Support Coordinators provide assistance according to the New Jersey Department of Human Services include:
- Assisting individuals and their families in the person-centered planning process
- Working with individuals, their families, and mentors to identify outcomes and utilize their budgets to achieve those outcomes
- Assisting in identifying services and supports that will achieve the individual’s stated outcomes and can be accessed from a provider who is appropriately qualified by the Divison of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to provide those services
- Becoming and remaining familiar with all applicable service