SCIE Report 36: Enabling risk, ensuring safety: Self-directed support and personal budgets

Studies

'It is mandatory for counsellors to review program participants' purchasing plans to assure that all intended purchases of goods and services were within state guidelines.' (Doty, Mahoney et al 2007)

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US cash and counseling program

The bulk of the identified international research published in the English language which focuses on risk and a personal budget scheme comes from the US, specifically the Cash and Counseling Demonstration Program (CCDP) which was subject to a six-year three-state pilot study.

However, US Cash and Counseling differs from UK self-directed support and personal budgets in several important ways:

This quote at the top of this page from a paper on the Cash and Counseling Program demonstrates how risk is managed through multi-level agreements and systems to regulate personal budget spending.

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