In its more formal offering self-directed support is labeled Consolidated Supports and Services, CSS is a support option offered by The Arc of Rensselaer County. It gives the individual and their family the opportunity to co-design and direct their supports. In CSS, we can provide service start-up and brokerage services, act as a fiscal administrator and provide the supports as identified by the individual.
When I first started working here over 20 years ago, I thought it wasn’t for me. Since that time I have come to realize the people we support every day have taught me more than I could ever teach them. They have shown me empathy, compassion, and understanding. With that has come a deeper understanding of life and enjoying the small successes. We sometimes tend to focus more on failures instead of celebrating what really matters.
- Michele A. Flaherty
Staff Development Specialist