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Self-Direction Services (SD)


* Promotes independence, as the Fiscal Intermediary, for individuals with developmental disabilities by allowing individuals to create and manage their own budgets, hire their own support staff, and engage in activities that will enhance their ability to live and work in the community.

* Provides individuals with developmental disabilities choices to control their care including:
  • Employer authority that enables individuals to hire, manage, and dismiss workers;
  • Budget authority that provides the individual with a flexible budget to purchase the supports and services needed to live independently;
  • Daily activities such as paid or volunteer work, continuing education, and recreation;
  • Support: family, coworkers, friends, support staff;
  • Where to live
  • Set the rhythms of daily life: what time to eat, when to go to sleep, etc.

Eligibility: Must be at least 2 years old,
Be Medicaid eligible,
Have a Medicaid Service Coordinator (MSC),
Go through the Front Door and be OPWDD-eligible (Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities),
Obtain a start-up broker, a Financial Intermediary (FI), and a Circle of Support (COS), and
Have chosen HCBS waiver services over institutional care.

Application Process: Call for appointment.

Required Documentation: Call for information.

Fees: Medicaid.

Addison, Albany, Bronx, Brooklyn, Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Herkimer, Hudson, Jefferson, Kings, Lewis, Madison, Manhattan, Middlesex, Monroe, Montgomery, Nassau, New Haven, New York, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Oswego, Otsego, Queens, Rennselaer, Richmond, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, St. Lawrence, Suffolk, Tioga, Tompkins, Warren, Washington, and Westchester Counties

Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc.

RCIL is a human services and civil rights organization working to ensure equality and independence for individuals with disabilities. RCIL provides assistance to all individuals with any disability regardless of age, income or ability.RCIL's services are consumer-directed and geared toward increasing awareness of an individual's rights and options, as well as the various methods that are available to help them achieve the goals they have chosen for themselves. 

131 Genesee Street
PO Box 210
Utica NY 13503


Hours: M-F 8:00AM-4:00PM




131 Genesee Street
Utica NY 13503


24 hours


Amanda Tuthill
Program Director

This program is offered at these sites:

Resource Center for Independent Living

Main Address:

131 Genesee Street

Utica NY 13503

Toll Free:

Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. - Herkimer

Main Address:

420 E. German Street

Suite 107A

Herkimer NY 13350


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