Our Guiding Principles

The Collaborative Endorses a System of Long-Term Services and Supports Based on the following Ten Principles:

  1. Dignity: The services are grounded in respect for the person who uses them and driven by the preferences of that person.
  2. Choice: Access to all types of services is provided on an equal footing.
  3. Flexibility: The services are comprehensive and flexible enough to meet changing needs and incorporate new modes of service and supports.
  4. Quality: Public funding and oversight that values and rewards high-quality care.
  5. Legality: The services are consistent with the legal rights of individuals who use them.
  6. Cultural Competence: The services are appropriate and responsive to the needs of unserved and underserved populations.
  7. Accessibility: The services and information about them are easy to locate and use and are physically and programmatically accessible.
  8. Affordability: The services are cost-effective for the person and the system.
  9. Inclusive: The system recognizes and supports the crucial role of high-quality paid and unpaid caregivers, including family caregivers, and emphasizes the importance of workforce development and training.
  10. Independence: The services support maximum independence, full social integration and quality of life.