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A growing number of individuals who live and receive services in the community are choosing to self-direct their services. The purpose of self-direction is to expand individual choice and control over the services and supports that people need to live in the community.

Self-directed services are based on the principle of person-centered planning. Person-centered planning focuses on building a life plan around an individual’s preferences, strengths and abilities. It involves the individual, his/her family and friends, and professionals in both the planning and delivery of services, as desired by the individual.

Individuals who are eligible for Self Direction will:

• Have the responsibility of managing their services and supports
• Be assessed and assigned a budget based on their individual needs
• Be assigned a Support Coordinator to assist them
• Identify the members of their planning team
• Develop their own Individualized Service Plan (ISP)
• Work with a Fiscal Intermediary to manage their budget
• Hire/fire and supervise their support staff
• Choose services and supports that are individualized to their needs

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