Self Direction

Information about Self-Directed Services

Self-Directed Services is a service option that allows individuals with a developmental disability, along with their parents or advocates, to exercise choices around the types of supports and services they receive and from whom they receive them.  This is done through an assessment of the individual’s needs and resources by a service provider known as a Broker, and the subsequent development of an annual budget (also known as a Personal Resource Allocation or PNA).

With the support of their parent/advocate, Broker, MSC and Circle of Support, the individual will have the freedom to exercise budget and employer authority over their PNA.  Any individual with a disability enrolled on the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Waiver, from the age of 3 years and up can exercise the option of using Self-Directed Services.

Referral and Access to Self-Directed Services

  • In order to access Self-Directed Services, the individual has to be referred to the Front Door by their Medicaid Service Coordinator (MSC).
  • The individual and their parent or advocate must attend a Front Door Informational Meeting in order to begin the process of becoming eligible for Self-Directed Services.
  • The Front Door is the gateway for determining if an individual with a developmental disability is eligible for services through the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).  This is also the beginning of the process for determining eligibility and enrollment in Self-Directed Services.

Mechanisms for Utilizing Self-Directed Services

  • Once the individual and parent/advocate attends a Front Door Informational Meeting, then they will be asked to select a Start-Up Broker.  The Start-Up Broker is responsible for assisting the individual, their parent/advocate, MSC and other Circle of Support members to develop a service plan and budget to pay for supports and services.
  • Once the plan and budget is completed, it is sent to the Self-Directed Services liaison at the local Developmental Disabilities Regional Office (DDRO) for review and approval.  The regional OPWDD Self-Direction Coordinator is Laura Greenfield (laura.greenfield@opwdd.ny.gov).
  • After the plan is approved at the local level, the plan and budget is sent to OPWDD for final approval.  NOTE:  These approvals can take several months to complete.
  • In the process of developing their self-directed plan and budget, the individual will then work with a Support Broker (often the same as the Start-Up Broker) who helps them manage their plan and coordinate quarterly Circle of Support meetings.
  • Supports and services can be provided by either staff that are hired directly by the individual.  These are called self-hired staff.  Individuals can also elect to use an agency that provides community habilitation, respite or supported employment programs.  This is called agency-supported staffing.
  • In addition to a Broker, the individual and their parent/guardian will need to choose a Fiscal Intermediary (FI) agency that will provide the financial and compliance oversight of their service plan budget.  In addition to paying for community habilitation and respite staffing, the individual’s personal assistance budget can include other services related to their valued outcomes, such as health club or organizational memberships, community classes and skills training.

Preparing Individuals for Using Self-Direction

  • Self-Directed Services is based on increasing the options and choices that people have for full inclusion and access to the community, greater independence in their lives and the ability to exercise freedom in the types of services and supports they receive.
  • Integration and access to the community means that the individual has chances to find competitive employment working alongside people without disabilities, having access to housing options in the neighborhoods where they want to live, and participating in local activities and accessing services for people with or without disabilities.
  • Greater independence in their lives means that the individual has every opportunity to make decisions and choices for themselves.  These decisions include, but are not limited to, their daily activities, the places where they live and work as well as to the people they interact with on a daily basis.
  • Exercising freedom means selecting the services and supports that the individual needs as well as who provides them and where they receive them.  Individuals should be able to live and access services in places that are for people with or without disabilities.
  • Preparing individuals to take full advantage of the self-direction process means individuals with disabilities should be given a variety of opportunities to make decisions and learn about the relationship between their decisions and consequences, as much as possible, prior to and during the self-direction process.

Liberty Resources Contact Information

  • Broker:  Amanda Traynor (atraynor@liberty-resources.org) 1065 James Street, Syracuse, NY 13203.  Phone:  (315) 425-1004 ext. 1126.
  • Community Services Director:  Marget Rhode (mrhode@liberty-resources.org) 1065 James Street, Syracuse, NY  13203.  Phone: (315) 425-1004 ext. 1202.
   
   
   
   
   
   
  



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5151 Flynn Parkway
Atrium Plaza – Suite 100
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
(361) 446-9752 or (315) 424-0577, ext. 1523

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Liberty Resources, Inc.
CBIR-Cortland
Phone: 607-218-6055
Fax: 607-218-6059
Location: 149 South Main Street, Cortland, NY 13045

 

Brownell Center for Behavioral Health

Serving clients of all ages who are experiencing emotional or behavioral problems. Adult Mental Health Treatment Child & Adolescent Treatment Multi-Disciplinary Individual & Group Therapy Marriage & Family Counseling We help individuals, families, and children by providing professional mental health and psychiatric treatment. Through marriage and family counseling, we also provide solace and support to […]

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Brownell Center – Main Location
(315) 472-4471
info@liberty-resources.org
1045 James Street,Syracuse, NY 13203

Brownell Center – Oswego County Satellite
(315) 472-4471
info@liberty-resources.org
1850 County Route 57, Fulton, NY 13069

Brownell Center – Madison County Satellite
(315) 472-4471
info@liberty-resources.org
218 Liberty Street, Oneida, NY 13421

Brownell Center – Syracuse City School Satellite Clinics
(315) 472-4471
info@liberty-resources.org
1045 James Street, Syracuse, NY 13203

Liberty Resources Behavioral Health Clinic
(585) 410-3370
info@liberty-resources.org
175 Humboldt Street, Rochester, NY 14610

Cayuga County Mobile Crisis Project

The Cayuga County Mobile Crisis project is another new OMH-funded Liberty Resources endeavor that provides an immediate, comprehensive response to Cayuga County residents in crisis situations, using a multidisciplinary team approach provided by a crisis response team consisting of a licensed clinician, a case manager, and a peer specialist. The team is available at any […]

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Phone: (315) 425-1004

Fax: (315) 422-4855

Location: Auburn, NY

Cayuga County Mobile Crisis Project

The Cayuga County Mobile Crisis project is another new OMH-funded Liberty Resources endeavor that provides an immediate, comprehensive response to Cayuga County residents in crisis situations, using a multidisciplinary team approach provided by a crisis response team consisting of a licensed clinician, a case manager, and a peer specialist. The team is available at any […]

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Phone: (315) 425-1004

Fax: (315) 422-4855

Location: Auburn, NY

Children’s Mental Health HCBS Waiver Program

The Children’s Mental Health HCBS Waiver Program serves children with complex, significant mental health needs in their homes and communities, thereby decreasing the need for placement to intermediate psychiatric inpatient and residential treatment facility levels of care. The goal of the HCBS Waiver program is to give families and youth the supports that are needed […]

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1065 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13203
Phone: (315) 425-1004, ext. 1555

Community Habilitation

Community Habilitation provides 1:1 support for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Activities and opportunities are built into the individualized planning for each person that will assist them in becoming more independent. The individual and family can expect training and assistance in areas of need and access to the community for desired activities. Some skill […]

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1065 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13203
(315) 425-1004 ext. 1202

Crisis Bed Respite Center

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Crisis Bed Respite Center

The Crisis Bed Respite Center links individuals experiencing serious mental health problems with flexible, integrative, resilient and effective networks of support in their communities, with the goal of effectively building sustainable skills to support individuals in achieving long-term positive recovery and housing outcomes through our various programs. The program is staffed 24 hours a day with a […]

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Phone: (315) 280-0384

Fax: (315) 820-0191

Location: Oneida, NY

Day Habilitation

Day programming is provided for eligible individuals through two programs – one in Madison County and the other in Onondaga County. Participation is either full time or part time depending on a person’s needs. Day Habilitation must be a “wrap around” for someone also working or attending another type of program. Operating five days a […]

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1065 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13203
(315) 425-1004 ext. 1202

DOH MRT Supportive Housing

The DOH MRT Supportive Housing Health Home Pilot Project provides supportive housing services that include emergency and short-term rental subsidies, one-time emergency utility assistance, housing location and peer-based health promotion services throughout Madison, Onondaga and Cayuga counties. This is accomplished through the implementation of an array of evidence-based practices leveraging our current supported employment programs, […]

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Phone: (315) 425-1004

Fax: (315) 422-4855

Location: Syracuse, NY

Domestic Violence

The Liberty Resources Help Restore Hope Center provides free and confidential services to those affected by sexual assault, domestic violence or other violent crimes in Madison County and surrounding communities. Services are available to all victims and their family, regardless of when the abuse or crime occurred or whether they choose to report it to the […]

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218 Liberty Street
Oneida, NY 13421

(315) 363-0048 or call the
Hotline (315) 366-5000

Early Intervention

Early Intervention Services are provided by Liberty POST, a partnership between Liberty Resources, Inc. and private early childhood providers. Liberty POST (Psychology, Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapy) program provides an interdisciplinary team approach to early childhood diagnostic evaluation and therapy for clients birth to 5 years old across New York state. Liberty POST services include: Speech pathology […]

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Please visit Liberty POST for more information.

Family Foster Care

The Family Foster Care Program is a therapeutic foster boarding home program that provides clinical, case management, skill building, independent living and foster parent services for children who are emotionally disturbed.  Many of the youth accepted into this program are at risk for a higher level of care. Most referrals to the program come from the local County Department […]

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Oswego County
Phone: (315) 598-4642
1850 County Route 57
Fulton, NY 13069

Onondaga County
Phone: (315) 424-0577
1065 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13203

Family Intervention Program

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Eaton Center, 2nd Floor
26 Conkey Avenue
Norwich, NY 13815
(607) 334-7779, ext. 10

Family Reunification Program

The Family Reunification Program provides comprehensive home-based intervention to families with children that have been placed in an institutional level of care. The purpose of the program is to reunite these children with their families, and provide the necessary services that will support families in preventing re-placement of their children and in maintaining long-term stability. […]

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Madison County
218 Liberty Street
Oneida, NY 13421
(315) 363-0048

Family Support Services

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Tompkins County
Tompkins County Department of Social Services
320 W. State Street, 3rd Floor
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-5028

Foster Care

The Family Foster Care Program is a therapeutic foster boarding home program that provides clinical, case management, skill building, independent living and foster parent services for children who are emotionally disturbed.  Many of the youth accepted into this program are at risk for a higher level of care. Most referrals to the program come from the local County Department […]

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Oswego County
Phone: (315) 598-4642
1850 County Route 57, Fulton, NY 13069

Onondaga County
Phone: (315) 424-0577
1065 James Street, Syracuse, NY 13203

Health Home Care Coordination

Health Home Care Coordination services are designed to assist persons 18 and older with a serious mental illness who live in Madison County and the surrounding areas in obtaining needed mental health, medical, social, psychological, educational, financial, vocational, and other services to maintain maximum level of independence and community functioning. All participants are diagnosed with […]

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Phone: (315) 363-0048
Fax: (315) 363-0052
Location: 218 Liberty St., Oneida, NY 13421

HIV Services

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Phone: (315) 425-1004
Fax: (315) 671-0257
Location: 1065 James Street, Syracuse, NY 13203

Individualized Residential Alternative (IRA)

Liberty Resources operates fourteen Individualized Residential Alternatives (IRAs) located throughout Madison and Onondaga Counties. In these residential settings, 4-6 individuals live with staff support to increase their participation in the activities of their daily lives. The scope of services are designed to increase a person’s independence and to prepare each person to live more independently. […]

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1065 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13203
(315) 425-1004 x1110
cgutowski@liberty-resources.org

Liberty Resources Behavioral Health Clinic

The Liberty Resources Behavioral Health Clinic is located at 175 Humboldt St. in Rochester NY. The clinic is staffed by caring and dedicated professionals, including both child and adult therapists and psychiatry. Behavioral Health Services We have a collaborative, multi-disciplinary team of mental health counselors including social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed mental health counselors, […]

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175 Humboldt Street
Rochester NY 14610
Phone: 585-410-3370
Fax: 585-978-7217

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Liberty Resources Family Health Center

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1045 James St.; Syracuse, NY 13203

Phone: 315-413-7865

 

Medicaid Service Coordination

Service Coordination provides a broad service for eligible individuals. A service coordinator has the primary responsibility of developing and overseeing the plan of care. All services provided must be authorized through the Individualized Service Plan which the Service Coordinator develops. This person has the responsibility of coming to know each person and their supports and […]

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1065 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13203
(315) 460-6106

Mesa Commons

The MESA Commons complex, built by Liberty Resources in 1995, provides permanent housing to families who are homeless or housing vulnerable. MESA Commons is comprised of two- and three-bedroom townhouse units. Each tenant has a private entry through a community courtyard. All units have a half-bath upstairs and a full bathroom downstairs. Included in the […]

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Phone: (315) 475-1544
Fax: (315) 474-0654
Location: Syracuse, NY 13201

Multisystemic Therapy (MST)

MST is a behavioral based community program that works intensively with any family that has a child from ages 12-17 who is currently at risk of out-of-home placement. The program’s primary goal is to decrease a youth’s involvement with the juvenile justice system through addressing behaviors that may range from truancy, substance abuse, criminal activity, […]

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Tompkins County
Tompkins County Dept. of Social Services
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-5028 or (315) 425-1004 x1146

Tioga County
Tioga County Dept. of Social Services
Owego, NY 13811
(607) 687-8309 or (315) 425-1004 x1146

Onondaga County
1065 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13203
(315) 424-0577, ext. 1143 or (315) 425-1004 x1146

Nueces County, Texas
Atrium Plaza – Suite 100
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
(361) 446-9752 or (315) 424-0577, ext. 1523

OASAS Residential Services: Maxwell House

Founded in 1991, Maxwell House is an 18 bed community residence licensed by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) that serves men in early recovery. Residents have access to a full range of treatment options and support services. The criteria for program admission are as follows: Must be 18 […]

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Phone: (315) 363-8345
Fax: (315) 361-1466
Location: Oneida, NY 13421

Oswego Prevention Services

Oswego Preventive Services is a program that is designed to work with Oswego County families that have youth at risk of possible placement due to issues related to PINS or JD behaviors. Services are delivered from a strength-based perspective and work to develop partnerships with families to assist them with addressing issues that place the […]

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1850 County Route 57
Fulton NY 13069
(315) 598-4642, ext. 107
(315) 425-1004, ext. 1232

Placement Diversion – Chenango & Cortland Counties

The Placement Diversion Program provides comprehensive home-based intervention services to families who have children that are at-risk of out-of-home placement. The primary purpose of the program is to identify and intervene in the patterns of family behavior resulted in a PINS petition, Family Court involvement or Preventive Services. Program staff works with families and other […]

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Cortland County
60 Central Avenue
Cortland, NY 13045
(607) 756-3463 or (315) 425-1004, ext. 1232

Chenango County
Eaton Center (2nd Floor)
Norwich, NY 13815
(607) 334-7779 or (315) 363-0048, ext. 159

Placement Diversion/Family Reunification – Texas

Placement Diversion / Family Reunification Program (PD/FRP) is the family reunification component of the Liberty Resources Family Services offered to the Fannin, Bee, Lamar, Angelina, Cherokee, Val Verde & Nacogdoches Counties Juvenile Probation Department in Texas. The program provides comprehensive home-based intervention to families with children that have been placed in an institutional level of […]

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Regional Director
5151 Flynn Parkway
Atrium Plaza – Suite 100
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
(361) 446-9752 or (315) 424-0577, ext. 1523

Counties: Fannin, Bee, Lamar, Angelina, Cherokee, Val Verde & Nacogdoches

Placement Diversion/Family Reunification Program – Madison County

The Placement Diversion/Family Reunification Program provides comprehensive home-based intervention to families who have children that are at-risk of out-of-home placement or families that have children who have been placed in an institutional level of care. The purpose of the program is to identify and intervene in the patterns of family behavior which may result out-of-home […]

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218 Liberty Street
Oneida, NY 13421
(315) 363-0048 ext. 124 or (315) 363-0048, ext. 159

Strengthening Families

Strengthen Families (SF) is a program branch that Liberty Resources Family Services offers in Webb County through the Juvenile Probation Department in Texas. The program provides comprehensive home-based intervention to families with children that are referred from the probation department as a result of juvenile offenses in the community. The purpose of the program is […]

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111 Camino Nuevo Road
Highway 359
Laredo, Texas

Regional Director
5151 Flynn Parkway
Atrium Plaza – Suite 100
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
(361) 446-9752

Supports for Employment

Supports for Employment serves individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, visual impairments and traumatic brain injury, functioning as an employment agency that provides job opportunities and development in several counties including Onondaga, Madison and Oswego. Liberty Resources has contracts with four separate state agencies who fund different aspects of the program: […]

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Phone: (315) 425-1004
Fax: (315) 479-7904
1065 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13203

Supports for Employment

Supports for Employment serves individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, visual impairments and traumatic brain injury, functioning as an employment agency that provides job opportunities and development in several counties including Onondaga, Madison and Oswego. Liberty Resources has contracts with four separate state agencies who fund different aspects of the program: […]

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Phone: (315) 425-1004
Fax: (315) 479-7904
1065 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13203

Venture House

Founded in 1980, Venture House is a 10-bed MICA community residence licensed by the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH). Venture House serves adults 18 years of age and older who are diagnosed with a DSM-V Axis I disorder/classified as a serious and persistent mental illness. When admitted to Venture House, residents are referred to […]

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Phone: (315) 363-1441
Fax: (315) 363-8663
Location: Oneida, NY 13421