Self-Determination Resources, Inc. is a “full service” brokerage serving primarily Washington county residents. This means that SDRI can provide many different kinds of support to people with developmental disabilities. SDRI has been providing self-directed supports since 1997.
You can choose what you want and how you want to do it. This is what self-determination means. A Personal Agent from SDRI works for you and acts as a facilitator for your supports. SDRI is in contact with many different kinds of service providers and will help you find the right person or agency.
If you live in Oregon, are over 18 years of age, meet the definition of developmental disability under Oregon law, and are not already receiving comprehensive services from the state, you can qualify for Brokerage services. You have to be referred to the program by your county’s Community Developmental Disability Program (CDDP).
Full Service Brokerage
SDRI is not designed to be a direct service provider in the traditional sense. Instead, SDRI is a “full service” brokerage organization designed to assist individuals with developmental disabilities achieve the supports they need by providing an array of supports. These supports include:
Brokering services. The linking of people with disabilities or their families with community-based supports they need or desire. These supports may be supplied by existing organizations or professionals capable of providing the needed supports or by SDRI, if appropriate. This function may also include assistance in researching and securing the resources they need to acquire supports. This function will also include assisting people with disabilities to identify and establish a support network of individuals who are willing and able to support that person on an ongoing basis or otherwise serve in a supportive role.
Individual planning and budgeting. All individual planning activities will be based on person centered planning techniques. In addition, SDRI staff will assist people in developing a specific individualized support budget from the resources available to them for the purchase of supports. This individual budget will be used in securing the supports they need or lifestyle they desire.
Fiscal intermediary services. Administrative support services are available to persons with disabilities and their families to help manage the support funds made available to them.
Training and technical assistance. Persons with disabilities or their families may need an array of skills to fully assume control of their supports and achieve their desired lifestyles. Skills such as managing and supervising paid employees, resource management, negotiating skills, assertiveness and decision making are examples. SDRI staff will provide this training on an as-needed basis.
Community education and development. It is recognized that the ongoing education of the general community about persons with disabilities and their families is still needed. Additionally, the natural supports and opportunities that the general community has to offer must be further developed to add traditional resources used by people with disabilities and their families to achieve their support needs. SDRI staff will engage in both of these activities since both of these activities are critical if the concept of self-determination is to be achieved.
A Personal Plan
A Personal Agent will work with you to help you get the support you need, through Person-Centered Planning.
A Personal Agent from SDRI works for you and acts as a facilitator for your supports. SDRI is in contact with many different kinds of service providers and will help you find the right person or agency.
Personal Agents can:
- Help you determine what you need to make your life better
- Help you determine specific goals and create a plan to help make them happen
- Help you create a budget for your plan
- Help you find people to work for you, who you can interview and hire
Support can come in many forms and can happen in many places. You can receive support at work, in the community and in your home.
Here are some examples of areas where support can help:
- Job development, exploration, placement and coaching
- Skills assessment and training (budgeting, meal planning, personal skills)
- Attendant Care
- Overnight Relief Care (by a qualified family member or independent provider)
- Changes to make your home more functional and accessible
- Communication devices
- Specialized behavioral support
- Specialized medical equipment
For additional information, please see our page on Supports.
Roadmap to Support Services
To get a better idea of what support services and brokerages are all about, please refer to the Roadmap to Support Services.
The roadmap discusses the philosophy of self-determination and of support services, the role of brokerages, the roles of the county and the state, the basics of eligibility, how to enroll in services, what services might be provided to customers enrolling in support services, the basics of support plans, funding, what to expect from providers, how provider rates are set, high school transition services, vocational rehabilitation / employment planning, protective services, grievance policy, and a number of other useful issues.