What is Self Determination and Self-Direction?

Self-Determination is the concept of having more control in one's life and to make decisions about services based on one's vision, path, preferences, beliefs and abilities.  

Self-Direction is a process through which an individual/family can design and direct their own services.

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Service Delivery Choices

DDS offers three models of service delivery that allow people receiving services to have choices about how their services are provided 

The Traditional Model – A Qualified Provider Agency contracts directly with DDS to deliver a specific range of supports (i.e.- Shared Living, group homes, employment, day programs) to the individual. The Agency has full authority and responsibility for hiring and supervising staff. The individual provides input around their goals and preferences through their Individual Service Plan.

Agency with Choice Model- The individual/ family designs customized supports based on a vision and need and directs their services in partnership with a qualified Provider Agency.  The individual/ family selects their Support staff and set works hours and terms of employment. The Agency provides Human Resource, Payroll and administrative supports.

The Agency and Individual/ family share in training and evaluating employees.

The Participant Directed Program Model- The individual/ family designs customized supports, directs their services and hires and manages support workers. The individual contracts directly with these workers or for other goods and services with support from DDS Service Coordinators/ Brokers, family and friends.  A fiscal intermediary provides payroll services based on the participant’s individual budget, and provides financial monitoring and reporting based on regulation and requirements.

Overview of Self Determination and DDS Service Models Training Module  pdf format of Overview of Self Determination and DDS Service Models T
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Choosing which Service Method is best  pdf format of Choosing which Service Method is best
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Participant Profiles

Individuals directing their own supports will be profiled here.  

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Check back for changing profiles and read about participant experiences.

Regional Self Directed Support Managers

Regional Self Directed Support Managers
Pictured left to right; Bev McGovern/ Northeast Region Manager, Ed Wilson, Southeast Region Manager, Betsy Eaton-Irwin/ Metro Region Manager and Pam Hickey/ Central West Region Manager)

 

Each of the four DDS Regions has a Self-Directed Supports Manager, dedicated to the expansion of the Department’s Self Directed Support Options. These Managers work closely with the Area Offices to promote outreach, educate all stakeholders and develop new training opportunities for DDS staff and for current and prospective Program participants.  These staff are also available to work individually with DDS Service Coordinators, participants and families to provide information and support.

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Training and Outreach Opportunities

The Regional Self Directed Supports Managers have provided information, outreach, training and support activities for hundreds of events statewide. Please see calendar for upcoming opportunities.

New events will be added, so check back!

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For more information, contact your local DDS Area Office


This information is provided by the Department of Developmental Services.