Meaningful Relationships

Three women holding bingo cards

Jennifer Lattig, Michelle Ball and Lou Ann Barsch with BINGO cards containing topics discussed in peer-group meetings about how to develop and participate in healthy and meaningful relationships.

P.O. Box 19454
Austin, TX  78760
Safeplace website

Project Director
Michelle Schwartz

Project Period
April 1, 2011 – August 31, 2015

Project Objective
SafePlace is developing an ongoing, replicable demonstration project to help individuals with developmental disabilities develop meaningful relationships with other people based on shared interests. This project will partner with people with developmental disabilities, service providers and various groups such as recreational, volunteer, service and faith-based groups in Austin and the surrounding area, as well as Seguin/Guadalupe County. SafePlace will provide small, educational workshops and individual discussions with project participants on social and recreational interests, relationship barriers and solutions, healthy relationships with family and friends, and safety. The project also will create individualized action plans based on the participants’ personal interests to help them build relationships. Additionally, it will provide technical assistance to disability service agencies to change their policies and increase supports to develop relationships.

State Plan Goal 5
Demonstrate how to prevent unnecessary admissions to State Supported Living Centers (SSLC) by supporting community organizations in at least 1 HHS Region to increase their capacity to provide community-based services that support people with developmental disabilities to improve and maintain their health and to have access as needed to necessary healthcare, behavior supports, community services, and/or respite.

Geographic Reach
Austin-Travis County and Sequin-Guadalupe County

shape of state of Texas in blue with Travis and Guadalupe counties colored orange

Area of Emphasis
Meaningful Relationships