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Self-Direction - Support Brokers


A Support Broker helps a person exercise as much choice and control over their life as possible. The Support Broker guides someone through initiation of a self-directed budget and provides ongoing support.

The Support Broker works with a person who self-directs to:

  • Build their Circle of Support team;
  • Plan a budget for their services;
  • Educate on services and community resources;
  • Provide training and support on hiring and supervising staff;
  • Develop habilitation plans, when needed; and
  • Communicate with the Fiscal Intermediary. 

Prior to offering broker services to individuals, a Support Broker is required to complete OPWDD’s Broker Training curriculum. The four required courses are:

  • Broker Training Institute,
  • Person-Centered Planning (Introduction to Person-Centered Planning and Advanced Person-Centered Planning),
  • Developing a Self-Directed Budget and,
  • Self-Advocacy/Self-Determination.

These classes can be located and registered for through the Statewide Learning Management System (SLMS).  Those new to the system will first need to create an account.  Comprehensive step-by-step instructions on using the system and creating an account can be found on our OPWDD Training Opportunities webpage.  Please note, if you are registering as an Independent Broker, please use a personal email address and select "Other" as your affiliation.