My Voice, My Choice, Idaho’s self direction program, is an option under the Developmental Disabilities Waiver. This option gives you more choice and control over the Medicaid funds used to buy your services and supports. You choose the services and supports that fit your needs. You decide when and where you get services and supports. You choose and hire the people you want to help you. You keep track of your Medicaid budget account.
My Choice, My Voice may be right for you if:
- You are eligible for the Developmental Disabilities Waiver
- You want to have more choices and flexibility in your services and supports
- You want more control over how you spend your Medicaid budget account
- You want to hire and manage your own workers and hire people you know
- You understand and are willing to accept the extra risks, responsibilities, and duties
Here are some questions to ask yourself. Then decide if self-direction is the right choice for you:
- Am I ready to take control of my own life?
- Am I ready to help develop and follow a support and spending plan?
- Am I ready to be a boss, hiring and managing the people I choose to give me support?
- Am I ready to follow and manage my budget account?
Self Direction is a choice for you to determine the services that best meet your needs and help you live a full and independent life.
You don’t have to do it alone. You will have as much or as little help as you need from a support broker, circle of support and a fiscal employer agent (FEA). It’s your choice. You will have an individualized budget, create a support and spending plan, hire workers, and buy goods and services that best meet your needs.
Self Directed Services
The Guide to a Self-Directed Life training is a no-cost informative training offered by the Bureau of Developmental Disabilities at Health and Welfare for participants and their circle of supports to learn more about My Voice, My Choice, Idaho’s self-direction program. Participation in this training is a requirement of starting a self-direction plan and can be taken anytime during the application process. The training is held virtually, and participation requires registration. To sign up for the Guide to a Self-Directed Life training, contact your Regional Medicaid office at:
You will hire a support broker to help you identify your needs and create a support and spending plan. The support broker can also help you with other duties such as finding and hiring community support workers and reviewing your monthly budget account report.
To find a list of support brokers in your area, visit Support Broker List
Once you have chosen a support broker, fill out and submit a Plan Developer/Support Broker Choice Form. This form is submitted to the independent assessment provider.
You will need to sign up with a fiscal employer agent (FEA) to help you pay for your supports, services, and goods. The FEA will hold and issue payments from your budget. The FEA manages hiring paperwork and calculates and issues payment for taxes for community support workers. The FEA will keep track of the balance of your budget account and send a monthly statement.
To choose a fiscal employer agent:
You will pick people who can help and encourage you. You will have a person-centered planning (PCP) meeting, where your circle of support (COS) will help you identify your goals and needs.
You will choose and hire the staff that you want to provide you services. Your support broker can help you if you need it. You choose your CSWs and you can change them at any time. You set their schedule. You choose what supports they will provide for you.
With the help of your support broker and circle of support, you will create a plan that guides you to reach your goals. The plan lists the services, supports, and goods that you need. Below are instructions on how to complete a spending plan.
Start by filling out a My Voice My Choice workbook:
Then fill out a Support and Spending Plan with your support broker:
For more information on accessing or applying for these services, visit Apply for Developmental Disability Services.
If you are currently receiving children’s DD services through the family directed services (FDS) program and would like to transition into the adult self-direction program, there are a few resources to help you along the way.
- Contact the Children’s Developmental Disabilities program and ask about trainings for transitioning to adult services
- Transition from FDS guide
- Differences between consumer-directed services for children and adults
To view additional information on self-direction, go to Self-Direction for Providers.
For assistance with viewing and downloading documents, see Document Assistance
|Differences Between Consumer-Directed Services for Children and Adults|
|Transition from FDS Guide|
|Self-Direction Requesting an Exception Review Instructions|