What is Self-Direction?

Self-Direction is all about choice, flexibility and responsibility.  Self-Direction gives individuals with IDD, and those who support them, the opportunity to choose the supports and services that will best meet their needs and allow them to live the way they want to live.  This allows individuals and their caregivers to have greater control over the services they receive, how they receive them and who provides them.

These services can include help with staying healthy, living arrangements, employment, learning new skills, hobbies and activities and more.

Through Self-Direction an individual with IDD (with the support of caregivers and, if needed, a Care Manager) can choose the specific services he/she wants, and can hire and supervise the people who will provide those services.

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