Increasing options for self-directed services: Initiatives of the FY 2003 Independence Plus Grantees
As part of the New Freedom Initiative, in 2001 Congress provided funds for the Real Choice Systems Change Grants for Community Living program (hereafter, Systems Change grant program) in FY 2001 through FY 2006. One of the goals of the New Freedom Initiative is to empower people with disabilities to take more control of their lives.
This report is one in a series addressing major systems change topic areas in the Systems Change grant program. It describes the activities of 12 Grantees that received Independence Plus (IP) grants in fiscal year (FY) 2003 and are using them to increase self-directed services options for persons of all ages with disabilities or chronic illnesses. The report discusses a range of issues that Grantees have encountered while implementing IP initiatives.