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Florida Self-directed Care: Self-determination for Adults with Psychiatric Disabilities

Stacy Haine and Nancy Fudge, Florida Self Directed Care Program.

This workshop will highlight the successes of the Florida Self-Directed Care program, which allows people to manage the state dollars allocated for their mental healthcare. The model is strengths-based, recovery-oriented and uses a holistic, systemic approach to service delivery. FloridaSDC creates an environment in which the individual chooses the services or products that he or she believes are necessary to recover and to achieve a positive and sustainable quality of life. People participating in the program are re-aligning the array of services they receive to reflect the very human desire to be fully integrated into society. The possibility of replicating this program in other states will be discussed.