In , Dane County received a three-year pilot, self-determination grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. While the pilot has ended, the implementation of self-directed services continues in Dane County, with the intent to:
- expand choices for people with developmental disabilities;
- give people and their families control over the allocation of their service dollars.
Self-Directed Services aim to:
- do no harm;
- provide people the freedom to choose their brokers and services providers, as well as, the type of supports they purchase and how providers get paid;
- have the bureaucratic system as invisible as possible to people with disabilities and their families;
- keep the process simple;
- have people and their families define and assess quality;
- spend no more on services than the county would have under a contracted system.
This section of the Resource Manual provides an overview of the history and values that created and sustain self-directed services in Dane County.