Self Directed Services

Self Direction is New York State’s current self-determination program. Self-direction empowers people to design supports based on their unique strengths and needs so they can live the life they want. Individuals and families work together with a team to customize services such as Community Habilitation, Respite and more. There are many benefits to choosing to self-direct services, including:

  • It gives more opportunity to make decisions and have control over funding used to buy services.
  • Individuals and families choose their own staff, some or all of their services, and organizations that provide them.
  • It provides more flexible services to meet the needs of the person receiving services.

Eligibility: Individuals interested in Self-directing their services

  • Reside in Cortland, Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, Tioga or Tompkins counties
  • Have OPWDD approval for services,
  • Have HCBS Waiver Services Authorization
  • Be approved for Self-Directed Services through OPWDD


How to access: Individuals may be referred for services through their Service Access Coordinator or your Care Coordinator.