Natural Supports: A Scan of Current Use and Future Opportunities

Natural supports are those family members, friends and community members who enhance our lives and support us in achieving our goals.  The use of natural supports is becoming more common in association with human services, and DHS actively promotes the identification of natural supports and their involvement with individuals and families involved in a variety of services. A department-wide survey and individual interviews were conducted to assess staff’s awareness of the importance of natural supports and understand their utilization across DHS.

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