In 2002, the Center for Learning and Leadership began working with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS) and the Oklahoma Medicaid agency to implement Self-Directed Services for two Medicaid waivers for children and adults with developmental disabilities.
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 DDS for families and DDS 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 DDS. 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 DDS and Oklahoma's Medicaid agency about Self-Directed Services. Families and self-advocates on the committee have built relationships with program administrators and the DDS 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 provided.
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 were the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) Developmental Disabilities Services (DSD) 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.