Our self-directed services “SDS” model MI CARE℠ in accordance with the Michigan Self-Determination Initiative incorporates a set of concepts and values which underscore a core belief that people who require support from the public health system as a result of a disability should be able to define what they need in terms of the life they seek, should have access to meaningful choices, and control over their lives. Michigan’s Self-Determination Initiative is aiming for major system change which will assure that services and supports for people are not only person-centered but person defined and person-controlled. MI CARE℠ is based on four principles. These are:
Freedom: The ability for individuals, with chosen family and/or friends, to plan a life with necessary supports, rather than purchase a program;
Authority: The ability for a person with a disability to control a certain sum or dollars in order to purchase these supports, with the backing of a social network or circle of friends, if needed;
Support: The arranging of resources and personnel – both formal and informal – so to assist a person with a disability to live a life in the community, rich in community associations and contributions, and;
Responsibility: The acceptance of a valued role in a person’s community through employment, affiliations, spiritual development, and general caring for others, as well as accountability for spending public dollars in ways that are life-enhancing.
MI CARE℠ is about choice and control. It is about giving over decision-making authority to people with disabilities, with the support of their family and friends. It is about freedom. MI CARE℠ asserts that a person should not have to lose their freedom because they require support from the public sector.