Ohio Self Empowered Life Funding (SELF) Handbook


State Policies & Initiatives: 
Medicaid & Employment

~~“A waiver is a Medicaid program that can pay for the services a person with
developmental disabilities needs. A waiver is one way to pay for services. Services
can be things like help cooking food or doing laundry, help getting around, or help
finding a job.
SELF is short for Self-Empowered Life Funding and is Ohio’s first participant-directed
waiver. Participant-direction means that the person getting services makes decisions 
about their waiver services and helps manage them”

  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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