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Central to the concept of self-determination is an opportunity to freely make personal choices, to have the authority to control individual budgets and the support to achieve personal goals. Individuals must also have opportunities to contribute to their community. The ability to “speak up” is critical to using self-determined services effectively. HSRI worked with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to evaluate the implementation of varied self-determination models around the country.  Our work in resource allocation has also contributed to the ability of states to create individual budgets.  We have also provided direct technical assistance to organizations that are striving to increase self-determination for the people they serve.