1.The setting is integrated in and supports the person accessing services in having full access to the greater community.
This includes opportunities to
a.Work in integrated settings
b.Engage in community life
c.Receive services in the community to the same degree of access as people not enrolled in waivers
2.The setting is selected by the person from among non-disability specific settings.
3.The setting ensures individual's rights of privacy, dignity and respect, and freedom from coercion.
4.The setting optimizes, but does not regiment, individual initiative, autonomy and independence in making life choices.
5.The setting facilitates individual choice regarding services and supports and who provides them.
The definition is designed to be outcome-oriented and experiential. This means a determination about whether or not a setting meets these characteristics is based upon the needs of the people receiving services there, as reflected in their person-centered plans. It is not based upon the physical location of the setting, the size of the setting, or a prescribed duration or number of community-based activities.