Family-Directed Support Services

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


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

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

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.

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A or T - Z Kelly Hardy
West Hub   208-442-9962 
B - C Jennifer Funk
North Hub    208-798-4118   
D - E or J Jim Noessen
East Hub 208-234-7978   
N - R Katie Opitz
West Hub             208-475-5094
F - I Hillary Oliverson
East Hub   208-528-4041   
K - M Noralee Fitch
West Hub 208-475-5091   
S Lena Biondolillo
West Hub     208-954-8915   


Email to reach the FDS Program Staff:    

Children's Habilitation Intervention Services

Children's Habilitation Intervention Services

Children’s Habilitation Intervention Services are available for individuals with Medicaid who are birth through the month of their 21st birthday and demonstrate a need for Intervention Services.  Children’s Habilitation Intervention Services can be provided by Developmental Disabilities Agencies (DDAs) or Independent Providers. 

Children's Habilitation Intervention Services help individuals develop, improve and maintain skills in areas such as daily living, personal care, and social skills.  Habilitation Intervention Services are also used to produce positive meaningful changes in behavior that incorporate functional replacement behaviors.


  • Habilitative Skill
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Interdisciplinary Training
  • Crisis Intervention 

Children's Traditional Support Services

Children’s Traditional Support Services are available for individuals with Medicaid who are birth to 18years of age if they have a qualifying developmental disability diagnosis, are Medicaid eligible and have functional limitations in at least 3 of 7 domain areas. Traditional Support Services can be provided by Developmental Disabilities Agencies (DDAs) or Independent Respite or Community-Based Supports Providers.

To apply, an application is submitted to the Department with any documentation indicating a qualifying developmental disability diagnosis. After applying, you will be contacted by an independent assessor who will meet with you to determine your child’s budget. You will work with a case manager to write a plan using your budget to obtain the support services for your child.  


  • Respite
  • Community-Based Supports
  • Family Education 
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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