Overview of Self-Directed Service Options
Self Direction empowers people with disabilities and their families to design and manage services based on their individual needs and goals. Self Direction supports the essence of community inclusion, and because the Self Direction Plan is individually created by the participant and those the participant chooses to help, each Self Direction plan is as unique as the participant who designed it. With assistance from a financial management services agency (FMS), people control their own individualized, portable budgets, and may choose to hire and manage their own staff supports. Self Direction Plans and Budgets allow participants to access the supports needed to:
- live at home or in a home of their own,
- pursue interesting and meaningful employment, volunteer, or other community activities,
- engage in satisfying, productive relationships with family, friends, and community members, and
- maintain a healthy lifestyle.