FAMILY SUPPORT

Individualized Support & Self Direction

Gain confidence and independence

Individualized support services help adults to live independently in the community. These include training in life skills and creating monthly financial budgets in order to maintain independent lifestyles.

Self Direction means that an individual with developmental disabilities is empowered to choose their mix of supports and services, how and when services are provided, and the staff and/or organization to provide the services.

 

WHO CAN APPLY FOR SELF DIRECTION SERVICES?

Any OPWDD eligible person, capable of making informed choices or has a legal guardian or personal representative acting on his/her behalf, can apply for Self Direction services.

 

WHAT ARE SUPPORT BROKER SERVICES?

The Support Broker assists in creating, implementing, and maintaining the person’s Self Direction budget based upon the person’s needs. The Broker also helps develop and maintain the Circle of Support and works closely with the Medicaid Service Coordinator to develop a comprehensive plan. A person center planning approach is used to foster inclusion and independence. The Broker assists with identifying services, monitors the person’s expenses and provides guidance and training for self-hired staff.

The budget is reviewed and revised periodically to evolve with the changing needs of each person. All broker services are under the HCBS Waiver and the budget must be approved by OPWDD.

For further information, please visit our contact page.

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