Rick Surita


Name Rick Surita


Independent Support

Independent Name: Rick Surita

Independent Address: 40 Pine Hill Drive, Alfred, NY 14802

Independent Phone Number: 5853869894

Independent E-Mail Address: surita.selfdirection@gmail.com

Profile (keep it short)

Why I am a Support Broker: It is my goal to assist individuals to exercise as much choice and control over their life as possible. I believe I can help guide individuals through initiation of a self-directed budget and provide ongoing support. I am able to work with individuals to establish and enhance services in various areas to... ●Build their Circle of Support team; ●Plan a budget for their services; ●Educate on services and community resources; ●Provide training and support on hiring and supervising staff; ●Develop habilitation plans, when needed; and ●Communicate with the Fiscal Intermediary.

My Experience: I serve the following counties: Allegany, Steuben & Cattaraugus

My Unique Qualities: ●All But Dissertation (A.B.D.): Educational Administration / Ohio University, Athens, OH (Ph.D. coursework completed) ●Master of Science in Education: Counseling / SUNY College at Oneonta, Oneonta, NY (1989) ●Bachelor of Science: Communication w/Public Relations & Advertising Emphasis & Minor in Political Science (Pre-Law) University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI (1985) Currently affiliated with Allegany Arc as a Support Broker and Direct Support Professional and with Directions of Independent Living as Financial Officer.

My Philosophy/Approach: My over all philosophy is to ensure and maintain an individual's freedom to decide how they want to live his/her life; give them the authority over a targeted amount of dollars; support and organize resources in ways that are life enhancing and meaningful to the individual; ensure responsibility for the wise use of public dollars and recognition of the contribution that individuals with disabilities can make in their communities; In addition, to responsibly employ a model of person-centered planning. Essentially, this is a strategy for putting necessary services and supports in place to help individuals achieve their goals. This process is designed to assist individuals to identify their own strengths, capacities, preferences, needs and desired outcomes, together with their freely chosen supporters.