We are committed to continually improving the array and quality of services statewide. We believe that human services, regardless of how they are funded or managed, should be provided by local agencies in the least restrictive setting and considered an integral part of a community's resources. We believe that statewide service delivery systems should be planned and built from a process which includes the individuals and families who use these services and that these systems should be flexible enough to adapt to the unique needs of various communities. We believe that individuals and families should not be denied the advantages of service participation for lack of money but should be encouraged to pay to the best of their ability on a sliding fee scale, unless entitled by federal guidelines to free care. We believe in the dignity and value of the individual, the rights of the individual to be involved in service planning, the individual's freedom of choice, and the importance of services tailored to honor cultural diversity.