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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.

Individuals can self-direct some or all their services by hiring a self-directed employee and/or accessing a program, class or service that is available to the general public through a community vendor

Unlike traditional provider-managed services, where claims are submitted directly to Medicaid by the provider, self-directed services are billed and paid through a fiscal management services agency, also known as a fiscal intermediary.

Two Models of Self-Direction

There are two self-directed employee (SDE) service models available:

  • Vendor Fiscal/Employer Agent, with Public Partnerships LLC (PPL) as the fiscal intermediary
  • Agency with Choice, with Easterseals NJ (ENJ) as the fiscal intermediary

To learn more about self-directed services and each of the available SDE models, please review the pre-recorded webinars and informational materials below:

SDE Service Documentation for VF/EA Model

All self-directed employees (SDEs), including family members and SDEs living with the individual, are required to maintain service documentation for the Division-funded services they deliver.

Beginning with the Public Partnerships (PPL) payroll period of August 24-September 6, with timesheet submission deadline of September 7, 2020, the Division is moving forward with a soft rollout of mandatory service documentation. Full implementation is expected to move forward in late fall/early winter.

For SDEs submitting timesheets electronically through PPL's BetterOnline portal or Time4Care mobile application, service notes will be added by clicking on the Activity button for each date of service.

For SDEs submitting paper timesheets, the timesheet must be submitted to PPL, and then the timesheet AND service documentation log(s) must be faxed to the Division at 609.341.2226.

Please review the July 22 webinar slide deck for details: Service Documentation for Self-Directed Employees

Questions can be submitted to the Fee-for-Service Helpdesk: 

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