On October 3, 2008, CMS published a final rule to provides guidance to states that seek to administer self-directed personal assistance services through their state plans, as authorized by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. The state plan option allows beneficiaries, through an approved self-directed services plan and budget, to purchase personal assistance services, rather than have those services directed by an agency.   Beneficiaries could hire qualified family members to perform certain personal assistance (but not medical) services.   Allotments also could be used to purchase items that promote independence, such as a wheelchair ramp. The rule provides guidance to ensure beneficiary health and welfare and financial accountability of the state plan option. To request state plan change, the state must have an existing personal care services benefit or be operating a home or community-based services waiver program.   Beneficiary enrollment would be voluntary, and the state also must provide traditional agency-delivered services if the beneficiary wishes to discontinue self-directed care. The rule is effective November 3, 2008.