Individual budgets allow people living self determined lives, with the help of freely chosen friends, family and professionals they trust, to construct a highly individualized budget, usually based on some percentage of current service costs. Individual budgets provide real freedom for individuals and families to both purchase what they truly need, and pay only for what they get. Self-determination requires the human service system to transfer individual resources, negotiated depending on current need, in order for real control over the long-term to rest with individuals with disabilities
In developing an individual budget, it may be helpful to use categories to help you organize budget items. For example, one category may be home which is where you are going to live and what you need to live in your home and have the support and companionship you need to be happy and safe. Another category may be work, how you will find a job and how you will have the support you need to be successfully employed. A third category may be community and social connections, everything you want to do to gain community membership and develop relationships. Your personal agent or supports coordinator can help you organize your budget items based on what you need.
A Fiscal Intermediary can help you manage your budget to make sure that the dollars that you receive from the Mental Health system are being used according to what you have identified in your individual budget.
If you would like additional information on individual budgets or self determination, contact The Arc Western Wayne County at 734-729-9100.
Phone code: 1444