The DDA's Family Supports Waiver, Community Supports Waiver, and Community Pathways Waiver all offers the option to self-direct services. This is a service delivery model for participants, legal guardians, or their 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:
Participants are the common law employer for the delivery and oversight of their services;
Participants are in control of an allocated budget which is a fixed dollar amount for the purchase of services and supports available under the DDA waivers;
Participants select staff or vendor and arrange for the services and supports as authorized in the Person Centered Plan;
Participants set wages within reasonable and customary range and the DDA-approved budget;
Participants are accountable for using their budget to more effectively meet your needs and more efficiently use public dollars
Participants hire, train, supervise, and fire employees.
People who self-direct their services will work with a Coordinator of Community Services (CCS) to guide them through the process, which includes having the option of utilizing a Support Broker to assist with employer responsibilities and working with a Fiscal Management Services (FMS) provider to assist with budget and payment responsibilities (required for participation in the Self-Directed Services Model).
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