Self-Direction is an OPWDD Home and Community Based Waiver (HCBS) Service that empowers individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to design and manage services through a plan/budget based on their individual needs and goals.

A Self-Direction plan/budget allows individuals the flexibility to choose the right supports and services, empowering them to lead their best lives possible. With a Self-Direction plan/budget an individual can:

  • CHOOSE to live at home with family, or in a home of their own.
  • Pursue meaningful employment and volunteer opportunities, or participate in other activities (camps, community classes, joining a health club, recreation leagues)
  • CHOOSE the staff YOU want to work with a schedule that works best for YOU
  • Enjoy meaningful relationships with family, friends, and members in their community
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle
To learn more about Self-Direction, talk to your Care Manager and Regional Self-Direction Liaison.
You can learn more and find your Self-Direction Liaison on OPWDD's Self-Direction website at www.opwdd.ny.gov/selfdirection.

Fiscal Intermediary Services

Creative Living Solutions Inc is a Fiscal Intermediary (FI) for individuals who have chosen Self Directed Services. As the FI, we will provide the administrative and billing support to a person who chooses self-direction. This includes:

  • Completing background checks for self-hired staff;
  • Billing Medicaid or New York State for services in the budget;
  • Paying staff;
  • Tracking expenditures; and
  • Providing monthly statements to the individual.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at (518) 250 5761 or contactus@clsinc.org

Agency Brokers

Creative Living Solutions Inc. offers both Start-Up and Support Broker services to assist individuals on their journey. Our team can support you with:

  • developing, implementing and managing the Self Direction Plan/Budget that outlines the supports and services needed to live your best life possible.
  • Monitoring established plan/ budget and ensure that necessary paperwork is completed in a timely manner
  • Recruiting, hiring, training and management of self-hired support staff as requested
  • Connecting individuals with therapists, community classes, camps, community organizations, researching activities and volunteer opportunities as identified in the Self direction Plan/Budget
  • Revisiting Person-Centered Planning on a regular basis or as changes occur and Facilitate changes to the Self Direction Plan/Budget as requested

If you are interested in working with one of our Agency Self-Direction brokers, please contact us at contactus@clsinc.org or 518 250 5761