Participant direction of supports and services refers to accessing and controlling supports and services needed. In order to live a preferred lifestyle, most people with disabilities need supports and services.
We concentrate on the following components of marshalling and controlling supports and services:
- Personal staff and housemates – information about recruiting, hiring, training, scheduling and paying personal staff and housemates.
- Fiscal intermediary – information about working with a fiscal intermediary, whose responsibility it is to perform the payroll and financial functions on behalf of the person with a disability.
- Support brokers – information about working with a support broker, someone who works directly for the individual with a disability to do whatever the person needs and hires him or her to do. This might include facilitating person-centered planning meetings, helping with hiring and supervising staff, or making connections in the community.
- Housing – information about choosing appropriate housing.
- Employment supports – information about supporting people with disabilities to have meaningful, economically sustaining jobs. For more detailed information on employment supports see the employment section of the website.
- Supports for community integration – information about facilitating friendships and community participation.
- Positive Behavior Supports - information about providing positive behavior supports so that people with disabilities and challenging behavior can participate in the community. (link to PBS).
This article advocates for more coherence and consistency in terminology and in anticipated outcomes for self-determination funding.