Traditionally people with disabilities did not have the say or control over their lives. From choosing who they lived with, deciding how they spent their day, participating in the community in ways they wanted to, and spending time with people important to them, were often not the foundation to them receiving services. One’s deficits, funding restrictions, and a “cookie cutter” approach was the norm for developing service plans.
Self-Directed Services flips the way service plans are developed upside down. People with disabilities are now saying: what makes a good day for them, if they want to live with others and with whom, deciding what participating in the community means to them, and saying who is important for them to spend time with. These factors are now the foundation to service plans. Person Centered planning is replacing the “cookie cutter” approach to ensure people receives services to support them have the life they choose. Instead of looking at people’s deficits, skills that they want to improve on are looked at. Equally important, while paid supports are part of one’s plan, natural support are part of the plan as well.
Are you wondering if Self-Direction is right for YOU?
If so, there is a program that may fit your needs. It’s called Self-Directed Services. Self-Directed Services are based upon the principles of Self Determination, which are:
The Community Pathways Waiver offers the option of self-directed services. This is service delivery for individuals with developmental disabilities and/or designated representatives who wish to exercise more choice, control, and authority over their supports. Self-direction gives waiver participants and families greater control over the services they receive, how they receive them, and who provides them. At the same time, people who self-direct must be willing to take on the responsibility of managing their services. For services you choose to self-direct, you have additional responsibility including:
A self-directed service delivery system provides an opportunity for you to explore new ways of receiving support services. To assist individuals who choose to self-direct their services, a support broker and a fiscal management service will also be provided in addition to the Coordinator of Community Services.
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