Family-Directed Services

The Family-Directed Supports option offers parents of children with developmental disabilities more choice and flexibility in purchasing the services and supports their children need. 

Eligibility

In the Family-Directed Supports option, a child determined eligible for services will be assigned an individualized budget based on their child’s strengths and assessed needs. Using this individualized budget, a family can plan a year of supports, therapy, services and goods to enable their child to live a full and inclusive life. The flexibility in this model allows parents to choose, design and direct services outside of the traditional menu of services.

For example, families would be able to contract with non-traditional providers or with traditional service providers that have the skills and experience desired by the family. This pathway allows for creative and innovative ways to access services that the traditional pathway does not, while still maintaining accountability required by federal authorities.

The Family-Directed Supports pathway is designed for families who want a more hands-on and flexible approach in determining the types of services and supports their children receive and more control over who provides them.

Support Broker Information

Family Directed Services Important Information
Advantages

By choosing family-directed services, families can:

  • Hire people they know and decide the qualifications they want to require
  • Decide how much to pay for services and supports
  • Supervise and direct their child’s support workers
  • Decide when and where their child will receive services and supports
  • Manage their child’s individual budget
Responsibilities

When families choose to family direct, they must:

  • Agree to the principles of self-direction
  • Be part of a family-centered planning meeting and help write their child’s plan
  • Review timesheets and invoices to ensure services are delivered according to the plan
  • Write, sign and follow employee agreements
  • Work with a Fiscal Employer Agent to help keep track of their child’s budget
FDS Case Coordinator Contact Information

To sign up for Family Directed Services, contact a case coordinator in your area.

Letter Case Coordinator Email Number
North Idaho Jennifer Funk jennifer.funk@dhw.idaho.gov 208-798-4118
Eastern Idaho Hillary Oliverson hillary.oliverson@dhw.idaho.gov 208-528-4041
Western Idaho Noralee Fitch noralee.fitch@dhw.idaho.gov 208-475-5091
Western Idaho Laura Banks laura.banks@dhw.idaho.gov 208-475-5094

 

Children's Habilitation Intervention Services

Children’s Habilitation Intervention Services are available for individuals with Medicaid who are birth-21 and demonstrate a need for Intervention Services. While these services cannot be approved through the Family-Directed Services program, they are available through the Medicaid State Plan. Children’s Habilitation Intervention Services can be provided by Developmental Disabilities Agencies (DDAs) or Independent Providers. 

These services include:

  • Habilitative Skill
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Interdisciplinary Training
  • Crisis Intervention 
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Choice and Flexibility to meet your child's needs
Choose, design, and select services that help your child live a full and inclusive life