A little background
In December 2013, Community First Choice (K-Plan waiver) was brought to my family’s attention through my daughter’s Service Coordinator. Her Coordinator offered a program for one on one supports for my daughter. I was told that with this new program the state will pay for individuals to help take care of my daughter. Little did I know exactly what that would mean for her future.
After realizing the opportunities being presented, I knew that with my experience running a variety of preschool, after school and inclusion programs I could do more to help.
1st Choice was deliberately created to be a direct employer of DSP’s within Central Oregon to help support families and employees in our local communities.
With the love and dedication of Chelsea Stanton, Brennan Dennis, Daniel Tamburini, Sam Ozment, Ron and Sandy Fraker, Nate Egbert and Kim Davis, they pushed me to go beyond my own experience, to not listen to the negative voices, dig deeper and build 1st choice into what it is today.
I have an amazing team filled with family, friends and employees and clients that have been with me for years! I have been very blessed to be supported by all the amazing people that call 1st Choice home.
How we work
As an Agency we hire, train, match and supervise our direct support professionals while offering great benefits for them. DSP’s are direct employees of 1st Choice and are responsible to follow all 1st Choice rules and regulations. We function as a liaison between clients, families and our direct support professionals.
Attendant care hours are determined by the CNA/ANA, Service Coordinator/Personal Agents and Parents/Guardians during the ONA process.
As a group we create monthly goals to work on. This is updated as needed or annually.
Clients have the right to choose an independent PSW or utilize an agency like 1st Choice.
We provide fully trained DSP's as needed for the Clients based on the agreed goals from the ISP.
We create daily tasks that are specific to the goals. We monitor the progress and improve as needed.
DSP's are direct employees of 1st Choice and MUST always follow all 1st Choice policies as written in our handbooks.