Talking Points for Individual Budgets

Executive Summary

Agency for Persons with Disabilities

iBudget Florida Plan

Individual budgeting is an approach to allocating funding within existing Agency resources for those services used by a consumer with a developmental disability. A mathematical formula (also known as an algorithm) is developed through statistical analysis to equitably distribute available funds based on historical funding patterns. This formula considers individual consumer characteristics which are statistically proven to correlate with costs and generates a budget amount for each person prior to the support planning process.

By determining the budget up front, many of the system controls that add complexity and frustration to consumers can be drastically reduced or eliminated. For instance, the prior service authorization process can be eliminated as it exists today. As budget amounts would be predetermined to fit APD’s appropriation, there will be less need to intervene in the fine details of which services an individual chooses to purchase. The role of service review will shift to simply ensuring that health and safety are protected and that expenditures are in accordance with state and federal law.

A move to individual budgets would also fit well with other agency initiatives to simplify processes and improve efficiency. These initiatives should dramatically reduce the paperwork burdens on waiver support coordinators, allowing them to spend more time directly helping consumers. Their enhanced ability to provide person-centered planning and help consumers understand and access the array of supports available outside the waiver program should benefit consumers.

More specifically, consumers and families are expected to benefit from:

Support coordinators freed to focus on providing help that makes a real difference.

Benefits are expected to accrue to the State of Florida, the public, and policy makers as follows:

Benefits are expected to accrue to the State of Florida, the public, and policy makers as follows: