Self-directed services can be identified by some key characteristics and are underpinned by fundamental Principles.
Principles of Self-Direction
- You are an expert in your own life and decide what will help you live well.
- You choose the ways that will best support you.
- You have the right to choose how much responsibility you take with arranging and directing your supports and services.
- You know what funding and resources you have and have control over how these are used to the extent that you choose to do so.
- You are central in guiding the service arrangement and in planning and developing your own supports so you can live independently connected within community.
Characteristics of Self-Direction
Independent living – I have a right to live my life in a way that makes sense to me.
Entitlement – I have a right to enough support and a right not to be over supported.
Self-determination – I have a right to make decisions about how I live my life and, if needed, I have a right to be supported by people who know me and love me to make those decisions for and with me.
Transparency – I have a right to be told clearly and simply how the system of entitlement works and how the rules affect me; including how much money I am entitled to for my support.
Choice – I have a right to use my money in any way that helps me to live my life; including the freedom to take risks, make mistakes and learn from them.