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.
Realignment and Restructuring of Services
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
The Self Determination Program is changing as a result of a series of system reforms related to both the recent realignment in State government and the approval of New Jersey’s Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver. For more information please see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Changes to the Self Determination Program.