Resource facilitation is a partnership that helps individuals and communities choose, get and keep information, services and supports to make informed choices and meet their goals. The collaborative process involves participants (individuals with brain injury and their personal support systems) working in partnership with facilitators (individuals who provide assistance in navigating systems) to achieve agreed upon goals.
The development of our Resource Facilitation Program was a four-step process involving (1) establishing the need; (2) identifying possible funding sources; (3) building community-based partnerships; and (4) taking action.
Resource facilitation got its start in brain injury in 1984 when the Missouri Department of Health dedicated two service coordinators to its Head Injury Program (MO Department of Health, p. ii). Since our program was established in 2011, the facilitation process has included assessment, planning, identification, negotiation, monitoring, reassessment, outreach, education and training, emotional support and advocacy.Basic principles of our Resource Facilitation Program ensures: • Facilitation is individualized • Facilitation is accessible • Facilitation is holistic • Facilitation is effective and valued • Facilitation is participant driven • Facilitation is creative and flexible • Facilitation builds community partnerships
Our Resource Facilitators are skilled in verbal and written communication, listening, problem solving, negotiation, advocacy, planning and organization, record keeping and multi-tasking. They are individuals who can work independently, who like to teach others, who have an ability to synthesize facts from multiple sources, and those who can provide emotional support in situations where there is no readily apparent solution.
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