Being self determined is all about making your own choices about your own life. It gives you authority over your own care and lets you experience a sense of independence, freedom and responsibility while achieving your own goals.

Self-determination is a program offered to persons with special needs to allow them to have control, freedom, and responsibility in their life. It is based on four principles:


The ability for individuals, with assistance from allies, to plan a life based on acquiring necessary supports in desirable ways, rather than purchasing a program. This includes the freedom to choose where and with whom one lives; how to connect in one’s community, the opportunity to contribute in one’s own way, and the development of a personal lifestyle.


The assurance and authority for a person to control a certain sum of dollars in order to purchase supports, with the backing of their allies as needed.






The arranging of resources and personnel, both formal and informal, to assist the person in developing a life dream, taking steps to reach toward that dream and living his/her desired life in the community, rich in community associations and contributions.




The acceptance by the person of a valued role in the community, through employment and affiliations, spiritual development, and caring for others, this includes their accountability for spending public dollars in ways that are life-enhancing.




Self Determination Resources

You’re not alone. There are many organizations with a wealth of information to help you on your journey to live a Self Determined lifestyle.

State of Michigan Self Determination Program,1607,7-132-2941_4868_4897-14782–,00.html

List of Community Mental Health Organizations

Michigan Partners for Freedom is a grassroots coalition of people with disabilities, family members, advocates, organizations and other allies working together to build statewide demand for self-determination.

The Arc of Midland nonprofit organization which promotes the general welfare of people with developmental disabilities and increases their presence, participation and inclusion in the community.

Michigan Medicaid Provider Manual