IRIS Self-Directed Personal Care (SDPC) is a self-directed option that is available only to participants in the IRIS program. This option provides participants control over their personal care services and providers. IRIS participants who meet the criteria for Medicaid Personal Care (MAPC) will have a choice between IRIS SDPC and agency-based personal care through their Medicaid Forward Health card.

In IRIS SDPC, people who need physical assistance with care (such as dressing, bathing, toileting, transferring, mobility, and assistance with eating and with medications) can hire, train and oversee their own personal care workers. Once participants are referred, an IRIS SDPC RN works with the IRIS participant to set up a person-centered plan of care.

Wisconsin law requires that a nurse participates in the development of each personal care plan. The IRIS SDPC oversight agency will provide a nurse who will help develop an IRIS SDPC service plan that is integrated with the participant’s IRIS plan in a way that meets their needs and preferences. This care plan is determined by the participant, the nurse, and a physician to ensure that their personal care needs are met.

On-going nurse support is available to the extent that it is needed in order to ensure the participant’s health and safety. The IRIS SDPC nurse will rescreen the participant annually, or more often if the participant’s condition changes.