Recruiting, Selecting, and Retaining Direct Service Workers to Provide Self-Directed HCBS

What are the Benefits and Responsibilities of Self-Directed Supports?

While some individuals who self-direct services become the legal employer of their DSWs, this is not the case in all self-direction models. Check with your service coordinator and financial management services agency if you have questions about how your self-direction model is structured or your responsibilities in managing services.

1. Listen

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2. Read

Self-directed supports have a lot of benefits for people who use them.  Using self-directed supports means that you need to learn about managing budgets and supervising DSWs.

Benefits of  self-directed supports

  • Self-directed supports give you more choice and control and better quality services

Responsibilities in self-directed supports

  • Hiring, training, supervising, evaluating, and terminating DSWs
  • Managing the support budget
  • Completing required documentation related to supports, such as employment forms and budgets

3. Reflect

Think about the supports you need to successfully live in your community.  What are the benefits to using self-directed supports?  What will be the challenges?