Self-Direction allows a person receiving mental health or developmental disability services to decide how they want to purchase of approved services using a fixed amount of Medicaid dollars. Your Person-Centered Plan determines your individual budget (the amount of money available to you). Self-direction is available for any adult who receives public mental health services. Self-direction is also available to parents of children enrolled in the Children’s Waiver or Habilitative Supports (HAB) Waiver program.
Self-direction supports your rights as a citizen to control your resources so that you may make your own choices, be part of the community and have meaningful relationships.
Want To Know More About Self-Direction Budgets?
As part of the planning process, a Self-Direction Budget will be developed. This budget will include costs of all supports and services that have been approved by Shiawassee Health & Wellness to meet the goals agreed to in your Person Centered Plan. The money in your individual budget can only be used for the services and supports in the plan approved by SHW.
If you choose to hire staff or an agency directly as the employer of record, the funds will be sent to a fiscal intermediary to pay the professional providers or the staff you choose to provide the services and supports in your plan. Or, if you have decided to use an agency to act as the managing employer, SHW will use the budget funds to pay the professional providers or staff directly on your behalf. You will receive monthly statements so you and your support team can see how you are doing with your budget.
Support teams must look at all community resources that can help you achieve your dreams. Hiring your own staff, controlling your own budget and directing the services provided by SHW allows you to structure your own life.
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