This Webinar was presented on May 11, 2022. MDDC is making the video available for informational purposes only and are not able to provide CEU credits at this time
What is self-direction?
Self-direction is a way of receiving services that puts you in the driver's seat. You have choice and control over:
How does self-direction work?
What services can be self-directed?
If you are on Section 29, the following services can be self-directed:
Is self-direction right for me?
Here are some questions to ask:
If you answered yes to any of these questions, self-direction might be right for you!
If you know you want more choice and control but are a little unsure about the rest, self-direction might still be right for you. In self-direction, you can appoint a representative.
A representative is a person that takes on some, or all, of the employer responsibilities. You can appoint a trusted adult in your life to be your representative, who will help you with decision making and problem solving. Using a representative means you still get to be in charge, but you will have someone else’s help along the way.
Tips and Tricks for Recruting and Hiring Workers
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Support Available in Self-Direction
There are supports built into self-direction to make it easier. These include:
What is a Support Broker?
Support Brokers are trained self-direction experts that provide help and advice as you selfdirect.If you are concerned about the responsibilities involved with self-direction, you willalways have a Support Broker to help if you need it.A Support Broker does not replace your Case Manager. If you choose to self-direct, your CaseManager will still work with you to develop a person-centered plan and coordinate yourservices.
A Support Broker’s job is to make sure you are getting what you need and want out ofself-direction.
A Support Broker’s responsibilities include:
• Finding services that make sure your needs are met and your budget is used
• Helping you recruit, hire and manage your staff
• Helping you develop backup plans
• Brainstorming when other solutions are needed. For example, if something you need isnot covered by the waiver, your Support Broker can help you find something that iscovered that meets the need.
• Helping you with problem-solving when something isn’t working out, such as what to dowhen one of your staff is always late to work
• Explaining program rules
• Finding community resources and opportunities beyond what is available through thewaiver
• Making sure spending is within the budget
What else should I know about Support Brokers?
• The Support Broker is an advisor or coach to help you if you aren’t sure how to dosomething or feel stuck
• The Support Broker works for you
• The Support Broker will never make decisions for you, only with you
• Some people rely on their Support Brokers more than others
• Some people need more help when they first start self-directing, but not as much as time goes on and they become more comfortable
• You have the right to choose a new Support Broker if the one you have isn’t working out
• If you don’t feel comfortable completing employer tasks, you can also appoint a representative to provide additional assistance beyond what your Support Broker provides
What Is Financial Management Services (FMS)?
When you choose to self-direct, you will choose a Financial Management Services (FMS) provider that will handles all payroll and administrative services for you. An FMS provider makes self-directing easier for you by: