…And why you should take charge and dare to do mighty things!
“I am only an average man, but by George, I work harder at it than the average man.”
“No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
“There were all kinds of things I was afraid of at first, ranging from grizzly bears to ‘mean’ horses and gun-fighters; but by acting as if I was not afraid I gradually ceased to be afraid.”
“Let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.”
“Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.”
“I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life; I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”
“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in that gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”
“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.”
“It is not the critic who counts;
not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
who strives valiantly;
who errs and comes short again and again;
who knows great enthusiasms,
the great devotions;
who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,
and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly
so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Keep the Momentum Going:
Central to the concept of self-determination is an opportunity to freely make personal choices, to have the authority to control individual budgets and the support to achieve personal goals. Individuals must also have opportunities to contribute to their community. Community systems for people with disabilities are not an end in themselves but provide the possibility for individuals to be true members of those communities through work, leisure, friendships, and civic involvement. To realize lives that are full of opportunities, people and families need person-centered supports that help them to marry their aspirations with actual accomplishments.
Peer support is when individuals with similar interests and/or life experiences offer mutual assistance. In Peer Support Networks, individuals unite voluntarily to help one another by offering mutual support and sharing resources. They are complementary to the public services available to individuals with developmental disabilities. Such networks can be composed of individuals with disabilities, family members or both. A coordinator is needed to advise and organize the Network, though it should ultimately be shaped by the needs and preferences of its members. These networks can range from informal networks to more formal human services cooperative.
Jail diversion is a strategy used widely to address the growing over representation of people with mental illness in the criminal justice system. Jail diversion programs identify offenders in the criminal justice system that have a mental illness and will be better served by appropriate community-based treatment rather than by incarceration. Not only does treatment reduce the individual’s chances of recidivism, but it also improves public safety by freeing beds in jails and prisons for serious and violent offenders whose crimes were not a result of a mental health problem. One aspect of jail diversion that has proven more difficult to analyze is its fiscal impact. In order to address this gap (Second Chance Alliance)wants to develop a model to quantify the potential cost offsets of jail diversion programs. The model is a computerized simulation that projects the effectiveness, costs, and potential cost savings of implementing jail/prison diversion programs for offenders with mental illness, the majority of whom have co-occurring substance abuse disorders. This cutting-edge, computerized tool will help policy makers and public officials consider different service package, resource allocation options and their fiscal implications.
Work Force Development:
Second Chance Alliance wants to work with several states to create the infrastructure necessary to help citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities and supporting organizations to find and retain competent employees (direct service professionals) who will provide high quality community based supports. Second Chance Alliance will support states to develop a framework for change using tools and a model that our partners developed on workforce training and development; including nationally validated skill and ethical guidelines, apprenticeship guidelines and performance based assessment tools.
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