Self-Directed Care

What is Self-Directed Care?

Although the terms self-determination and self-directed supports are often used interchangeably, they are actually two distinct concepts with unique implications.


The broader of the two elements, self-determination is grounded in the five core principles of Freedom, Authority, Support, Responsibility, and Confirmation. These principles focus on all individuals’ right to decide how to live their own lives, the authority over their funding, the support to organize their resources, the responsibility for the wise use of public resources and the affirmation of the important role that individuals play in their communities.


Self-directed supports are a subset of self-determination and refer to a wide range of approaches designed to maximize choice and control for people who use long-term services and supports. People self-directing their services and supports use a combination of paid and unpaid services to meet their long-term care needs and personal goals. They work within a budget and arrange supports in ways that meet their needs.

The Magellan Complete Care approach to self-directed care

Magellan Complete Care works with older adults and those with disabilities, empowering them to enjoy meaningful lives in their communities. We build networks of experts and providers who support our members in all areas of life. We work with these networks to meet the needs of our members and help them achieve their goals related to employment, housing, health, safety, community, transportation and long-term relationships. We work together with our members, their families and our partners to remove any obstacles in their way.

Our members and their families create their own programs, identifying and procuring the services they need. Our role is to facilitate the execution of their programs, whether that be identifying providers for medical services or helping them find a service to make modifications to their homes.