Self Directed Services & Supports

Self-Directed Services provides the ability for an individual and/or family to hire his/her own staff to self-direct supports. This program promotes responsibility and self-determination by placing control and power with individuals and/or families to meet their own needs by managing the supports and services that work best for them, how and when they are provided, and the staff that provide them.

How Does Self-Direction Work?

Self-Direction starts with a planning process to help you figure out what supports are most important to you.

You can choose to Self-Direct some or all of the services that help you:
• Live in the home and community of your choice;
• Work, volunteer and do activities you enjoy;
• Have relationships with family and friends;
• Be healthy.

Your Care Coordinator and Regional Self-Direction Liaison can help you learn about what service options exist for you.

Who Will Help Me Get Started?

If you choose to Self-Direct, you will work with a team of people who will help you select your services and put together a budget. This team, or Circle of Support, is a group of people chosen by you. Your Circle of Support could include family and close friends, your Care Coordinator, A Support Broker, and staff who know you well.

What is a Support Broker?

If you want to control how the funds in your budget are spent, you can hire a Support Broker to help you. Your Broker will build a Self-Directed budget WITH YOU based on the services and supports you need. Your Broker can also help you develop a plan to work towards outcomes you want to achieve in life.

Is Self-Direction Right For Me?

If you are eligible for OPWDD services and enrolled in the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver, you can choose Self-Direction.

Self-Direction may be right for you if:
• You want more flexibility with your services on your own or with help, and
• You are ready to make decisions about your services on your own or with help, and
• You want to take more responsibility for managing your services.

Before you get started, take time to think about what kinds of support you need at home, in your community and in your daily life.

If you try Self-Directing your services and it is not right for you, you can always switch back to a more traditional model of supports.

What is My Next Step?

To learn more about Allegany Arc’s Self-Directed Services, please contact Judy Peck, Vice President of Community Services, at or (585) 593-5700.

Click here to view Allegany Arc’s Self-Directed Services brochure.
Click here to view the OPWDD Self-Directed Services brochure.
Click here to view a A How-To Guide to Starting Self-Directed Services.


Self-Directed Service Forms:

MOU for Community Habilitation Self/Family-Directed Option (PDF)
• MOU for Self-Directed Respite (PDF)
• Self-Directed Services Reimbursement Form and Check Request (PDF)
• Self-Hired Employee Time Sheet and Service Documentation (PDF)
• Self-Directed Mileage Reimbursement Form (PDF)