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Self-Empowered Life Funding (SELF) Waiver

General Information

Enrollment for DODD’s new SELF Waiver began July 1, 2012. The SELF Waiver is a much-awaited waiver offering services that allow individuals with developmental disabilities who receive support on the waiver to direct where and how they receive those services -- for individuals this is known as ‘self-direction.’

DODD estimates up to 2000 individuals will be enrolled on the waiver by the third year it is in effect. The SELF Waiver has an overall annual cost cap of  up to $25,000 for children and up to $40,000 for adults.

SELF Handbooks

SELF Handbook ​

SELF​ Waiver Technical Guide – A more technical guide for County Boards of DD and providers.​ 

SELF Waiver-Guidelines to Reporting MUIs 

SELF Waiver Tools and Forms

SELF Waiver Pre-Screen Participant Direction Tool

SELF Waiver - Children with Intensive Behavioral Needs Checklist

DODD Employment First Form​, SELF Waiver 

DODD SELF Waiver Participant-Directed Goods and Services Guidelines

Additional Forms

Presentations & Training


SELF Articles in DODD Pipeline

SELF Articles in DODD Pipeline

Additional Resources

SELF Waiver  


The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) has created a mailbox for correspondence related to the Self Empowering​ Life Funding (SELF) waiver.  Questions or comments may be submitted to​​