How is Self Directed Services different from my current program ?
First of all, you have the same DDA budget and you are still under Community Pathways. That doesn't change. But instead of an agency managing your state budget, you are managing your budget with the help of your Support Broker and FMS. This allows you to have more flexibility with your services. An agency usually hires, supervises and even fires their own employees. When you self direct with the help of your Support Broker, you are the employer and you help make those decisions. With supports you will design your activities and services to fit into your interests. Basically, you will have more control of your life with supports.
The Wright Supports
The agency or program that I attend now, we go on outings only during the day. With Self Directed Services, can I go out in the evenings and weekends sometimes?
Community integration and socialization is also a part of Self Directed Services. Your employee(s) can make sure you get transportation and support when you go to work or on outings at times that are better for you such as the day, evenings and/or weekends if you like.
Support Brokers for Adults with Disabilities
who opt for Self-Directed Services in Maryland (formerly New Directions)
Self Directed Services, formerly called New Directions, is a Medicaid Waiver Program under the Developmental DisabilitiesAdministration (DDA). It gives you the opportunity to self-direct your DDA budget, your employees and services with the assistance of a Support Broker and a Fiscal Management Service (FMS). You will be able to hire, supervise and even fire your employees if necessary. You will be able to be more involved in deciding your services, how your services will be delivered and who will be working with you. You can be more creative about what you will do with your life.