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(1) The purpose of adult services is to obtain resources, support, training and guidance designed to assist an individual in the individual's life.

(2) Services, in accordance with the individual planning process provided at ARM 37.34.1101, et seq., must meet the needs of the individual served. The individual, in partnership with service staff and significant others, establishes priorities, and participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of the individual plan (IP) . Planning teams, in planning for the provision of services, must consider the level of services the individual is enrolled in and the availability of funds when making decisions regarding specific services to be provided. IP objectives are designed to address areas in an individual's life where assistance is needed based on the assessments and desires of the individual. These areas may include living arrangements, work and day options, transportation, recreation and leisure, citizenship, relationships, and life management.

(3) Services must be provided in environments which enhance the quality of life for the individual. These environments must ensure that the individual's basic life and health care needs are met.

(4) Adult services must assist an adult with developmental disabilities to:

(a) enhance independence and interdependence with others in the community;

(b) expand options for participation in and contribution to society;

(c) increase skills and abilities to enable on-going personal growth; and

(d) reside, work and play in safe, healthy, integrated environments.

(5) The following principles must guide the provision of the assistance and services to an individual:

(a) The individual will have an increasing amount of control and choice in these services.

(b) The individual will have increasing options and flexibility available.

(c) The individual will have an opportunity for a good life with accompanying rights, responsibilities and risk.

(d) The location of activities and the interaction with other persons will be as integrated as possible in the community.

(e) The service will be as least intrusive in the person's life as possible.

(f) The principles of positive programming will be used.

History: Sec. 53-20-204, MCA; IMP, Sec. 53-20-205, MCA; NEW, 1995 MAR p. 1136, Eff. 6/30/95; TRANS, from SRS, 1998 MAR p. 3124.

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