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Self-determination is a philosophy that says people with disabilities should have the freedom to decide how to live their lives – just like everyone in the community wants to. Self-determination is not a program or something you do – it is a way of life.

All people with disabilities can live in a self-determined way if they have support to develop the skills and beliefs to take control over and responsibility for their lives. In Michigan, an individual plan of service that is developed through the person-centered planning process can be one key part of living a self-determined life. The plan of service identifies clinically/medically necessary mental health services aimed at increasing independence, community inclusion and productivity as well as natural and community supports the person needs to become or remain connected to family, friends and the community.