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Resources provide information on what self-directed services are, why they are important, waivers, recruiting, hiring, training and managing staff, budgeting and relevant policies are particularly welcome.  All resources are screened by the Alliance to ensure the following:

  • They are relevant to the topic of self-directed services

  • They are factually accurate and current  

  • They are respectful of the rights, dignity and full humanity of all people 

  • They are accessible and usable

COVID-19 Specific Resources

Response to COVID-19 Resource Guide: This guide from our Member Organization Values Into Action is continuously updated with resources to help you with self-direction and to stay connected (virtually) to your community: https://spark.adobe.com/page/bIwU0ofXv3HMx/

Why States Should Expand Self-Direction in Response to COVID-19 http://www.appliedselfdirection.com/resources/why-states-should-expand-self-direction-response-covid-19 In response to the current coronavirus crisis, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is currently encouraging states to expand or adopt self-direction in its Appendix K: Emergency Preparedness and Response Instructions for 1915(c) waivers.

Plain Language Tips For Working With Support Staff During COVID-19 https://selfadvocacyinfo.org/resource/plain-language-tips-for-working-with-support-staff-during-covid-19-march-30-2020/: Need help communicating with your support staff about issues related to COVID-19? Or do you provide supports and want to better understand and communicate with the people you support? This guide will help you!

General Resources:

Consumer-Directed Personal Care Attendent Handbook: A handbook for DSP’s and PCA’s supporting people with self-directed services.


Why Life in the Community matters: Video on why life in the community is important for everyone


My Voice Counts: Self Advocates’ Guide: This is an easy to read guide to supported decision-making


National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making: Offers a state-by-state guide to relevant laws


Case for Inclusion: The Case for Inclusion 2020 is the most comprehensive assessment available of how well programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 


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