How do I get services that are right for me or my family?

With participant direction, you have the right to live the life you choose—right in your own home and community, no matter your age or ability.

Everyone’s situation is different. For some, participant direction means the ability to receive services and support from a loved one. For others, it’s supporting parents so that they can care for children with disabilities. Or, it may simply be that as you get older you want to continue living where you choose and get care from someone you trust. No matter your situation, participant direction helps you choose the services that are right for you.

With participant direction, you make all the important choices—like who to hire, when to schedule support, and how to manage your care. We take care of the paperwork and are here to answer any questions you may have.

GT Independence works with these waiver programs in Ohio:

  • Self-Empowered Life Funding (SELF)
  • Individual Options (IO)
  • Level One (L1)

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

How GT Independence Can Help You

GT Independence is a financial management service (FMS) company that helps you live a life of your choosing. You decide what kind of services and support you want; we handle the details. For example, you hire employees (also known as providers or caregivers) you know and trust. We assist you by taking care of all the necessary paperwork, such as timesheets, paychecks, taxes, and insurance.

At GT, we believe everyone should be able to decide where to live and who provides their care. Through participant direction, they can. Each person has a unique situation and personalized needs. GT is here to help you learn about how participant-direction works in Ohio, so you have the information to decide what is best for you.

Hello From GT Webinar

Don’t miss our welcome webinar for Ohio! We are so thrilled to serve everyone in Ohio. Learn more about how GT started, how we work, and who you can contact with questions.

You’ll also get a glance at the technology we use to make participant-direction easier. This includes the Caregiver app and the GT Portal.

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Why Choose GT?

  • We’ve Been In Your Shoes

    People with disabilities own and lead GT, and we have focused on participant-direction since our start in 2004. We understand that participant-direction for your care can feel complicated, but we are here to walk you through the process—from start to support.

  • Participant-Direction Is All We Do

    GT is an FMS company that focuses all our attention on one thing: participant-direction. Our people understand how programs work in Ohio and in states all 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 support specialist team is here to help you live life on your terms. Our Ohio team is trained on your programs. This ensures you always have access to the information you need to make informed decisions. And, we can support more than 200 languages on request.

    At GT, we’re ready to assist the participant, their family, and their employees. We’re also here for service and support administrators (SSAs) and the State of Ohio. Our goal is to find frustration-free solutions for everyone involved in participant-directed services.

  • Tools and Resources Designed for the Details

    GT has designed many tools to help manage the details of participant-direction. The secure online GT Portal helps people directing their services and their families keep track of services and spending. 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.

“With participant-direction, I am in charge of my son’s caregiving, with the most authority over his care. We hire our own staff through participant-direction and GT Independence because we have the choice and know who is best for our loved one.”

Mom of Person Served

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Self-Empowered Life Funding (SELF)

With the SELF waiver, you can choose to direct your own care. This includes deciding who provides your services—you can even hire friends and family. You also have authority over your budget. This means you get to choose what services to spend your budget on.

Individual Options (IO)

With the IO waiver, you get a comprehensive choice of many different services. This can be helpful if you need a lot of support. With IO, you can choose the services that fit best with your needs and life. You can also hire people you trust to provide your support—even friends and family.

Level One (L1)

With the L1 waiver, you get to choose different services that best meet your needs. Many of these services rely on natural support (people such as friends, family, or co-workers who can help out without getting paid). This waiver can be a good choice if you only need a small amount of support.

Self-Directed Transportation (Add On)

Self-Directed Transportation is an add-on to any program you already use in Ohio. This allows you to get transportation added to your program. And gives you better access to your community.

See Forms for Participant-Direction and Self-Directed Transportation in Ohio

How to Get Started

Take these steps to begin participant-direction with GT as your financial management service.

  1. Find your county board for developmental disabilities and determine your eligibility

  2. Once eligible, let your SSA know you want to direct your own services with participant-direction

  3. Work with GT Independence as your FMS provider and call 877.659.4500 to schedule your in-person enrollment meeting.

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Looking for a form?

To view basic forms for Ohio, check out the forms page. See all forms on your GT Portal account.

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Your GT Independence Contact in Ohio

Sarah Davies

Director of Relationships

Phone: 419.205.0892
Office: 877.659.4500
Email: smillimen@gtindependence.com