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Services We Provide



Select Human Services offers a wide range of services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. These include: Community Habilitation, Waiver-Respite, and the choice of Self-Direction through the provision We also support the choice of Self-Direction through the provision of Start-Up/Support Broker and Fiscal Intermediary (FI) services. In addition, we provide a diverse array of recreational programs through our Judy Voron Life Skills Studio (please explore more information about this wonderful studio on this site and our Facebook page).

Community Habilitation, Waiver and self-direction services listed below may all utilize Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) for the provision of services. DSPs empower individuals with developmental disabilities to experience increased independence, new skills, growth in thought processing and problem solving, greater integration within the community, optimal health and safety, and the achievement of desired personal outcomes. DSP’s are not caregivers, they partner with individuals to help them acheive their goals. Please visit the Code of Ethics & Core Competencies for Direct Support Professionals website for more information.   


Community Habilitation

Community Habilitation Services support individuals to live life to their fullest potential – both in their homes and in their community. Staff Action Plans are developed through the collaborative efforts of the Waiver Services Manager, the person receiving supports, family members and/or advocate, and the Care Manager. Each plan carefully states the individual’s valued outcomes and provides specific staff action steps to support their self-identified goals. DSPs (direct support professional [DSPs]) are thoroughly trained to each person’s individualized plan on a one-to-one basis and close communication is maintained with the person (and/or family) supported to ensure the ongoing relevancy of all goals and methods used to achieve all goals. Our guidance and support is grounded in the belief that all individuals deserve to experience empowered lives of their choosing.


Waiver-respite services provide respite to families living with people with developmental disabilities and support the caregiver’s ability to maintain a healthy balance in their lives and cover life’s many responsibilities. We provide carefully screened and trained respite staff (DSP’s) that are prepared to work closely with families to ensure individual care is provided that creates a safe, secure, appropriate and comfortable environment.


Self direction empowers persons with disabilities and their families to design and manage services based on individual needs and goals. Self direction promotes community inclusion, and supports participants to reach their highest level of independence. The participant and their support team create a budget that is individualized and unique like the person choosing to self direct.


The support team includes the individual, family members, a Care Manager, a Broker chosen by the participant, a Fiscal Intermediary (FI) also chosen by the participant, and anyone else the participant selects. Self Direction participants are able to hire and manage their own Direct Service Professionals which can include Community Habilitation (ComHab), Respite and Supported Employment (SEMP). The personalized, empowered approach of Self Direction allows individuals to live at home with a family or in a home of their choosing; pursue meaningful and interesting employment; engage in satisfying relationships with family, friends, and community members, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.


Self Direction Brokers assist a self directing individual and their designee with developing and implementing the budget plan. The Start Up Broker works with the participant and family to help create a budget plan. The Start Up Broker works with the participant and family to help create a budget plan that would provide the necessary supports and services for a fulfilling life. The Support Broker, which is often the same person as the Start Up Broker, begins work when the initial budget plan is approved. The Support Broker is available to the family to help monitor the Self Direction Budget and complete paperwork for amendments to the budget as well as for items that need prior approval on the budget such as out of state travel and community classes. All Brokers are required to meet and maintain OPWDD broker training and certification requirements in order to keep an active Broker ID assigned by OPWDD.

Fiscal Intermediary (FI) Agency

A Fiscal Intermediary agency is a voluntary, not-for-profit agency that acts as the fiscal and business agent for a person who has chosen to self-direct. The FI is the Employer of Record and takes responsibility for clearing and onboarding the staff that the self directing individuals has identified. The FI is responsible for self hired staff payroll and for reimbursing services on the participant’s Self Direction Budget after assessing that it meets OPWDD Self Direction guidelines. The Fiscal Intermediary must have a Medicaid Provider Agreement approved by OPWDD. Select FI is licensed to assist Self Direction Participants in the Hudson Valley and Taconic DDROs.