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Self-Direction Available Again!
On January 1st OCDD re-opened availability for waiver recipients to move into self-directed services. Self-Direction in waiver services mean that the recipient or the waiver recipient's authorized representative acts as the employer for all direct support waiver services.
Advantages include being able to select exactly who you want in your home, control over training and how people are trained, and being able to pay a higher wage and possibly attract a more qualified candidate.
It's not all peaches and cream though, there are responsibilities and things that self-direction participants must agree to and do, but overall, most self-direction participants found the change worthwhile.
Interested in moving to self-directed waiver services? Contact your support coordinator and let them know you want to make the change so they can submit your request to the Human Service District or Authority for approval.