Community Bridges

Self-Directed Services

“Ken is one of my favorite regulars at the diner. We always know to expect him at 10 am. No earlier. No later. On any given morning, you will find Ken here laughing, telling stories, and eating breakfast, just like every other regular.”

– Nessy Bjornson, Cathy’s Kitchen

Take Control

Many individuals who face daily living challenges long for more control over their lives. Community Bridges’ Self-Directed Services partners with individuals to give them the freedom to make choices and have more control over many aspects of their lives, including personal budgets and support staff choices.

Your Life, Your Way

Participants in the Self-Directed Services Program include seniors, individuals experiencing developmental disabilities, and individuals with acquired brain disorders. By promoting personal growth, responsibility, health, and safety, Self-Directed Services allows participants to experience independence, community inclusion, employment, and a fulfilling home life.

Participants may customize a budget plan and purchase a range of options, including:

  • Respite
  • Therapies
  • Assistive technology
  • Environmental modifications
  • Service coordination or case management
  • Enrichment activities such as cooking classes, art education, music lessons, outdoor recreation, and more

Support staff is available for daytime assistance, personal care, supported employment, and other activities—all under participants’ direction and supervision.

Guidance and Support

Community Bridges helps individuals and their families recruit, hire, and supervise staff. We also share best practices in a variety of areas, including:

  • Advertising
  • Recruiting
  • Interviewing do’s and don’ts
  • Supervising and problem solving
  • Expectations

We believe that individuals and their families in the Self-Directed Services program should have choice and control over personal finances. We provide assistance through workshops, guidelines, and advice to help maximize their success in this area. We are committed to supporting participants in deciding how, when, and where to spend their budgets.


To download the below forms, right-click on the desired title or icon and select “Save As”.

Respite Form

word_icon_webDownload Self-Directed Services Respite Voucher

Call Us Today

If you or someone you know would benefit from our Self-Directed Services, call 1-800-499-4153 and ask to speak to a Self-Directed Services Coordinator.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact Community Bridges through the Federal Relay Service (NH Relay) by calling 7-1-1 or 1-800-735-4423.

Community Bridges is a non-profit agency serving the communities of central New Hampshire. Disability is a natural part of the human experience and may occur as a result of developmental impairments, injury, or aging. We advance the integration, growth, and interdependence of people with disabilities in their home communities in ways that promote their ability to have positive control over the lives they have chosen for themselves.