Phone770-974-7592 / 404-536-8244

Areas Served: Region 3 - Cobb, Bartow, and Paulding Counties

Email: kitty.draut@gmail.com

I have satisfactorily completed all requirements of the University of Georgia’s Community Guide Certificate Program at the Institute on Human Development and Disability. I can be hired as a Community Guide by Georgians with developmental disabilities and/or families and representatives who choose to Self Direct their Medicaid services, under the NOW and COMP Waivers.

COMMUNITY GUIDE is a person hired by an individual with a disability, a family member, or a designated representative, to help with the process of self-directing services and supports. They are independent of the service system. The Community Guide works for a person with a disability and is contracted to: help facilitate the involvement of others in the person’s life; to identify client needs and coordinate support services available to them; to help develop ones individual service plans and a budget; and to help implement the plan through brokering services.

SELF–DIRECTION

  • Allows people with developmental disabilities to choose their own employees to provide necessary services and supports to live full lives in the community.
  • Enables people with more choice & direction in how, when, and who provides services and supports.
  • There are many responsibilities that I can help you with when you choose to self-direct:
    1. Assist with person centered planning and developing the plan of services and supports
    2. Develop and assist with the management of the individual budget, as requested
    3. Recruit, interview, train, and schedule support workers (Brokering services)
    4. Assist with development of back-up and emergency plans
    5. Work with the fiscal intermediary with documentation, reports, and billing
    6. Assist with building a supportive network of community relationships
    7. Seek and create community resources and supports
    8. Assist the individual or family with evaluating various service options, resources, and supports.

A LITTLE ABOUT ME
I am proud to be the grandmother of a child born with Erb’s Palsy and severe autism.  I am the founder of a non-profit organization, Autism In Georgia, Inc. Please visit my website at www.autismingeorgia.org to read more about autism and me personally.  I am available to work for individuals residing in Cobb, Bartow, and Paulding County and look forward to finding alternative resources that will meet the goals outlined by your Support Coordinator for your particular Individual Service Plan (ISP).