The Advocates Way - A Living Philosophy

View the Advocates Way video here!
In 2008, a task force comprised of individuals receiving Advocates supports, direct care staff and administrators completed a working statement of Advocates' philosophy. Known as The Advocates Way, the philosophy teaches new staff the fundamental values of collaboration and empowerment that are critical to our community. We hope that by creating and documenting this philosophy, we will empower the people we support to hold us accountable to the values that guide our work. It is a living philosophy, born out of a dynamic conversation amongst members of the Advocates community, and designed to evolve as our understanding grows and our needs change.

The Advocates Way exists as a print document and an inspiring documentary video, produced by a member of the task force who is herself a woman in recovery. We invite you to enter the conversation and learn more about the Advocates Way by watching the documentary now or downloading a printable version of the Advocates Way document.

At the Advocates Way website, you will find a host of resources that promote collaboration and empowerment, the central values of the Advocates Way philosophy. Created and maintained by consumers and staff from the Advocates community, the Advocates Way website puts our values into action. Please check it out at

Our Core Values

At the heart of Advocates' philosophy is a set of core values that guides the work we do in partnership with the people we support.

• We believe in the value of diverse, inclusive and interdependent communities that provide adequate, accessible supports such that all people have the opportunity to participate meaningfully to the fullest extent of their potential
• We believe that with the right blend of supports and services, all people can lead full and satisfying lives of their own design.
• We believe that our resources represent a community attempt to help its members achieve their potential for participation and contribution.
• We believe that we are charged with enormous responsibility for the well being of the people we serve; for the safety and vitality of the communities in which we live and work; and for the wise use of scarce and valuable resources with which we have been entrusted.
• We believe that family members have much to teach us about their loved ones. We expect our interactions with family members and the quality of our services should be equal to that which we would seek for ourselves as family members.
• We believe that our most effective professional interventions are those that empower people to make educated choice about lifestyles, work, and the relationships that sustain them.
• We believe that we have a responsibility to those we serve, our funders and our communities to develop shared goals; to measure outcomes; and to continuously improve the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of our interventions.
• We believe in the uniqueness and sanctity of every individual person. We also believe that great power flows from partnership. We always seek to collaborate, in the belief that synergies will lead to greater opportunities, richer options, and an overall greater good for all concerned.

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Supporting you, your loved ones, your friends, Your neighbors...

Advocates provides support services for people with:
  • Mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse
  • Intellectual or developmental disabilities or co-occurring mental illness and developmental disability
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome
  • Autism and pervasive developmental disabilities
  • Acquired or traumatic brain injury
We also provide support services for:
  • Deaf adults with mental illness or a developmental disability
  • Families who are supporting a family member with a disability
  • Elders living in the community who may have a mental illness or substance abuse disorder
  • Adults with a mental health diagnosis in jail or re-entering the community
  • Youth in transition from foster care
  • Individuals and families who are homeless or at risk for homelessness


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