Self-Directed Care (SDC) is a new way of providing mental health services in which adults with serious mental illnesses directly control the funds spent on their recovery. TX SDC participants create a person-centered recovery plan and a budget for the purchase of goods and services to achieve their life goals. Staff called SDC Advisors help them hire providers and make purchases that lead to wellness. The program is operated by the North Texas Behavioral Health Authority in its 7-county area. The managed care company Value Options acts as the program’s fiscal manager, paying service providers and processing budgets. The program is operated by the Texas Department of State Health Services as part of its federal Transformation initiative. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago act as the program evaluators.