Self -Directed Support Grants
The Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD) is looking for 10 people to be trained as Self-Directed Support (SDS) coaches. Coaches will assist individuals seeking Self-Directed Supports through a Managed Care Organization, Partnership Program or IRIS to receive appropriate services. SDS Coaches will be chosen from the Milwaukee Area in anticipation of Family Care implementation for individuals with Disabilities. Consideration will be given to individuals who live in Milwaukee County. Please see the application form for more information or to apply.
In the context of disability services, Self-Directed Supports refers to people's right to control their individual service budgets, to choose where they live and work and to use services and supports outside of the traditional system.
What is the goal of the grants? To assist people with disabilities and their families to understand, access, and utilize Self Directed Support options.
What is the role of the SDS Coach? To meet with the individuals and families, when appropriate, and assist them to navigate through the Family Care system. The SDS Coach will:
- Recruit at least five individuals in their respective county interested in Self-Directed Supports (SDS) through Family Care or through IRIS
- Assist consumers to formulate and clarify questions regarding Family Care
- Educate consumers about Family Care
- Clarify the roles of the Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC), Managed Care Organization (MCO), Partnership Programs and IRIS Independent Consultants
- Assist with follow up
- Accompany consumers to meetings
- Assist consumers in SDS self-advocacy
- Evaluate how the advocacy went
* Coach must be available for a two-day training on July 29-30, 2009.
What are the qualifications of the SDS Coach?
- Have access to citizens with disabilities and their families
- Be able to attend an intensive training on Family Care and IRIS
- Be able to travel within the county
- Have flexibility and availability to meet with citizens with disabilities and their families, ARDC’s, and MCO’s
- Does not work for a MCO, ADRC, IRIS or provider agency.
How much money is available? Each SDS Coach will receive a $2000 stipend.
What is the grant period? One Year. Approximate start date July 15, 2009 – June 30, 2010. Please see the application form for more information or to apply.