Self-Directed Services

Self-Direction gives you the chance to choose your own services so you can live the life you want. By self-directing your services, you have more flexibility to choose the right supports for you, the staff you want to work with, and a schedule that works best for you.

You can choose to self-direct some or all of the services where you can decide :

  • 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

“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.”

-James Moore

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.
  • 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.

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.

Ready to Get Started?

Our Program starts with a pre-meeting with you and your family, where we discuss the overview of our program, our services and how it may benefit your family. We also interview you asking about your expectations, desires and goals for your child to determine whether Triumphant Hands is a good fit for your loved one. Also based on information received from you we then proposed a service delivery plan of action that will meet your child where they are in their skill sets.