In 2002, the Center for Learning and Leadership began working with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Developmental Disabilities Services Division (DDSD) and the Oklahoma Medicaid agency to
implement Self-Directed Services for two Medicaid waivers for children and adults with developmental
In May 2005, the Oklahoma Self-Directed Care Act gave people with disabilities the authority to have more choice and control over their services and supports. It also required that a Self-Directed Services Advisory Committee be created to allow self-advocates and family members the opportunity to make recommendations to the two state agencies about policies and procedures for Self-Directed Services.
Self-Directed Services was made available through a pilot program in fall 2006. Doris Erhart, a parent and CLL staff member, developed a training curriculum in partnership with professionals from the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Services Division (DDSD) for families and DDSD case managers to be educated about Self-Directed Services together. During the initial rollout of Self-Directed Services Erhart trained the curriculum with a professional from DDSD. This model of parent-professional trainees and parent-professional trainers allowed family members and professionals to learn together and access the same
information at the same time.
The Self-Directed Services Advisory Committee continues to work in an advisement capacity with DDSD and Oklahoma's Medicaid agency about Self-Directed Services. Families and self-advocates on the committee have built relationships with program administrators and the DDSD director. The family-professional
partnerships that are integral to this initiative provided a model for state agencies that provide services to people with disabilities to use input from families and self-advocates to influence the way services are
The following video was developed as part of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Developmental Disabilities Services Division Self-Directed Services Project to answer frequently received questions about Self-Directed Services.
For more information, please contact:
Community Leadership and Advocacy Coordinator,
Oklahoma LEND Core Faculty, Parent/Family Issues
(405) 271-4500 Ext., 41004, or e-mail Wanda-Felty@ouhsc.edu
Primary partners of the Self-Directed Services Project are OKDHS Developmental Disabilities Services Division and the Oklahoma Medicaid Agency.
Copies of the Self-Directed Services Pilot Program Evaluation Report and Executive Summary are available for download on the "Products" page of our website.