Self-direction programs vary widely nationwide, but all are guided by a basic belief that people should have the right to make decisions about their own services and supports. Participants and state leaders in Colorado have taken this philosophy one step further by engaging in an ongoing, substantive, and productive dialogue together about program policy decisions. We were delighted to host a conversation with members of Colorado’s Participant Directed Programs Policy Collaborative to learn more about their approach. This discussion included a look back at how self-direction, and later the collaborative, came to be in Colorado and lessons learned from the participant and state perspectives on forging a productive partnership.
The slides are available under File(s) and the recording is available here.