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How do I get in-home support for myself or my loved one?

With self-direction, you have the right to live the life you choose. Everyone’s situation is different. For some, self-direction means receiving full-time support from someone they trust–right in their home and community. For others, it might mean hiring a friend to drive them to get groceries or community events a few times a week. The goal is for you to choose what type of support you want and need.

GT Independence works with these waiver programs in Maryland:

  • Family Supports
  • Community Supports
  • Community Pathways
  • Community First Choice
  • Community Personal Assistance Services

You deserve to live the life you choose. GT is here to make that easier.

More About Self-Direction

Learn more about how self-direction works across the country. 

How GT Independence Can Help You

GT Independence is a financial management and counseling service (FMSC). This means that you decide who provides the support—and we handle the details.

For example, you hire caregivers you know and trust. We support you by taking care of all the necessary paperwork, like timesheets, paychecks, and payroll. We also provide counseling on how to make the most of your self-direction program.

At GT, we believe you should be able to decide who supports you and your loved ones. GT is here to help you learn about how to control your own support in Maryland. So you have the information to decide what is best for you.

Why Choose GT?

  • We’ve Been In Your Shoes

    People with disabilities own and lead GT, and we have focused on self-direction since our start in 2004. We understand that directing services for you or your loved one can feel complicated. But we are here to walk you through the process—and continue to support you if you need us.

  • Self-Direction Is All We Do

    GT is a financial management and counseling service (FMCS) that focuses on one thing: self-direction. Our people are experts and understand how programs work in Maryland and in states across the country. We serve thousands of participants nationwide, helping each person live the life of their choosing.

  • Support Specialists That Care About You

    Our Maryland support team is here to help make your life easier. Your team is trained on the ins and outs of Maryland’s programs and waivers. And on getting you to a live person in around 30 seconds.

    This ensures you always have access to the information you need to make important decisions. We can also support more than 200 languages on request.

    At GT, we’re ready to assist people receiving services, employees, case managers, and all agency staff. Our goal is to find frustration-free solutions for everyone involved in self-direction.

  • Tools and Resources Designed for the Details

    GT has designed many tools to help manage the details of self-direction. The secure online GT Portal helps you keep track of your services and check on payments to your employees. If you need to hire an employee, you can use Find a Caregiver on the portal to look up potential people near you.

    And the Caregiver app by GT lets employees log their hours and check the approval status of their time entries. We take care of the details, so you can focus on living your life.

How to Pay Your Employees More

Find a Caregiver 

Looking for a potential employee near you? Your GT Portal account has a caregiver database with over 30,000 potential employees.

Sign in to your GT Portal account and select the Find a Caregiver tab to search for potential employees near you. 

Don’t have an account? Contact us

Get Added to the Caregiver Database 

Want to support people in their own homes (and get paid)? We can add you to Find a Caregiver, our online caregiver database. Potential employers near you can find you in the database and send you job offers. Contact us, and we’ll help you get started.*

*Entry into Find a Caregiver requires a background check

Find a Program

Family Supports Waiver

Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)

The Family Supports Waiver helps kids with developmental disabilities live independently with their families. To make this possible, the waiver provides many different services to families. This includes the ability to hire employed caregivers.

Community Supports Waiver

Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)

The Community Supports Waiver helps people with developmental disabilities live independent lives. Rather than going to group homes, you can stay in your own home and community. To make this possible, the waiver provides many different services. This includes the ability to hire employed caregivers.

Community Pathways Waiver

Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)

The Community Pathways Waiver helps people with disabilities live independent lives. Rather than going to group homes, you can stay in your own home and community. To make this possible, the waiver provides many different services. This includes the ability to hire employed caregivers.

Community First Choice

Office of Long-Term Services and Supports (OLTSS)

The Community First Choice Waiver helps people live independent lives. Rather than going to a group or nursing home, you can stay in your own home and community. To make this possible, the waiver provides many different services, from helpful technology to getting home-delivered meals. This includes the ability to hire employed caregivers. 

Community Personal Assistance Services

Office of Long-Term Services and Supports (OLTSS)

Community Personal Assistance Services help people live independent lives. Rather than going to a group or nursing home, you can stay in your own home and community. To make this possible, the waiver provides many different services, from planning your own support to personal assistance. This includes the ability to hire employed caregivers.

How to Get Started

Take these steps to begin self-direction with GT Independence

  1. Talk with your case manager or support broker. Tell them that you’re interested in self-direction.

  2. Once eligible, select GT Independence as your financial management services and counseling provider (FMSC).

  3. Begin self-directing your services.

Would you like someone to guide you through the process?

Looking for a form?

To view forms, log into your portal account and visit the resources tab.

Don’t have access to a portal account? Get in Touch

Your Support Team in Maryland

Maryland Support Specialist Team

Office: 1.877.659.4500
Email: customerservice@gtindependence.com

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