“It is up to you to decide how much control you wish to have over your
Self Directed Support (SDS) is a term that describes the way in which individuals and families can have informed choice about the way support is provided to them. It includes a range of options for exercising those choices. Through a co-production approach to agreeing individual outcomes, options are considered for ways in which available resources can be used so people can have greater levels of control over how their support needs are met and by whom.
The choice may include taking a direct payment, having a direct payment managed by a third party, or directing the individual budget to arrange support from the Local Authority or commissioned provider. The choice can also be for a combination of these. This allows people to make purchases from outwith the traditional provider market and to ‘spot purchase’ general goods and services.
SDS will be offered to individuals following an assessment and responsibility for assessment remains with the Local Authority. The amount of the direct payment or individual budget will be determined by the Local Authority who will assess the amount of money to be paid. Within SDS there is the option of having an Individual Service Fund which is lodged directly with a provider. This payment would be assessed and calculated in the same way as an Individual Budget or Direct Payment but would be paid directly to the provider to provide care and support for an individual.
Scottish Autism is in the process of developing a strategy on SDS designed to support parents, carers or individuals with autism to understand the self-directed support assessment process. Throughout this strategic process Scottish Autism will continue to consult with individuals and all stakeholders in order to consider the impact and outcomes of Self-Directed Support.
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