What is Self-Directed Funding?
Self-Directed Funding is a funding option for individuals with intellectual disabilities that gives them more choice and control over how their support dollars are spent. Through Self-Directed Funding, financial support is given directly to the individual so that they can better customize every aspect of their life to better suit their own unique situation.
Choice, Control & Independence
Self-Directed Funding is a way for individuals with intellectual disabilities to increase the level of choice and control they have in their lives. Unlike traditional funding, Self-Directed Funding is a model that provides funding directly to the individual as opposed to their service provider. The individual manages the funding alongside the supporters of their choice to choose the supports and services that best suit their needs.
Meet: Danny Schaan
Danny Schaan was one of the first individuals in Saskatchewan to receive Self-Directed Funding. Watch the video to find out how this funding option changed his life and allowed him to live a fully-inclusive life with customized supports and services.
"It's a lot of hard work, but it's absolutely worth it"
- Lynn Schaan
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is Eligible for Self-Directed Funding?
A: An individual must be eligible for Community Living Service Delivery services in order to be eligible for SDF.
Q: How can Self-Directed Funding be accessed?
A: The first step is to call your Community Service Worker (CSW). If you don't have a CSW, contact Community Living Service Delivery.
Q: What does an SDF Facilitator do?
A: The Facilitator will assist you with the entire process of Self-Directed Funding in whatever capacity you choose.
Q: Do I have to pay for the SDF Facilitator to help?
A: There is no cost for accessing the assistance of the SDF Facilitator.
Q: When should I start planning for Self-Directed Funding?
A: Immediately. The planning process can take a long time, and if you want to get your application in as soon as possible, we recommend beginning the planning process now.
Q: Do I get more money with Self-Directed Funding?
A: No, you will receive the same amount of funds as you would if you were to access a traditional model of funding.
Q: How do I create a Circle of Support?
A: A circle of support is typically comprised of family members, friends, or any trusted and interested parties. If the Self-Directed Funding recipient doesn't have a natural family, interested parties can create a board/corporation that will act as a Circle of Support.
Q: How much work is involved with getting Self-Directed Funding?
A: Self-Directed Funding is a lot of work. For some individuals, the planning process alone can take up to 1-2 years. Managing Self-Directed Funding is an ongoing commitment.
Q: Am I guaranteed to receive funding if I apply for SDF?
A: No. All requests for funding - be it group homes, approved private service homes, day programs, or SDF - are allocated from the same pool of funds.
For more information, please contact one of our Strategic Initiatives staff.
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