Self Direction: Support Services Tailored Just for YOU


Self-Direction is a model of service delivery which maximizes choice and flexibility. It offers the flexibility to choose the combination of supports and services that meet your needs, and support you to live the life you want.

With Self-Direction, the individual/designee elects to have a more active role in:

Who will provide authorized services

What services are secured to achieve desired goals

When the authorized services take place

Where services are provided

How services are customized to meet your needs

Traditional Vs. Self Direction


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Who Will Help Me Get Started? If you choose to self-direct, you will work with a team of people who will help you select your services and put together a budget. This team, or Circle of Support, is a group of people chosen by you. Your Circle of Support could include family and close friends, your Care Manager, a Support Broker and staff who know you well. What is a Support Broker? If you want to control how the funds in your budget are spent, you can hire a Support Broker to help you. Your Broker will build a self-directed budget WITH YOU based on the services and supports you need. Your Broker can also help you develop a plan to work towards outcomes you want to achieve in life.

Is Self-Direction Right For Me? If you are eligible for OPWDD services and enrolled in the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver, you can choose Self-Direction. Self-Direction may be right for you if: • You want more flexibility with your services and schedule, • You are ready to make decisions about your services on your own or with help, and • You want to take more responsibility for managing your services. Before you get started, take time to think about what kinds of support you need at home, in your community and in your daily life. If you try self-directing your services and it’s not right for you, you can always switch back to a more traditional model of supports


“I am so happy because through Self Direction I am able to have my own apartment, pay my bills independently all through Self Direction and hired my sister as a Comm Hab. ( We can add random pictures of kids and  adults here)”

– James Moore

Taking Steps Toward Self-Direction To learn more about Self-Direction, talk to your Care Manager and Regional Self-Direction Liaison.

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