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Participant-Direction means services and supports are directed by the person who needs them. Based upon the principles of self-determination, PDS offers an alternative to how supports are traditionally provided in the ID system.

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Based upon the principles of self-determination, Participant-Directed Services (PDS) offer an alternative to how supports are traditionally provided in the ID/MR system. You and your family member(s) gain more control over services and supports when you are directly involved in hiring and managing your support people. In this section of the website we have information on the models of support and services available through the ID system for people who choose to self-direct.

PA's Guide to Participant-Directed Services PDF

Frequently Asked Questions: Participant-Directed Services (PDS)


Financial Management Services (FMS)

FMS is a provider or organization that provides administrative services to support employer functions. There are two models of FMS in Pennsylvania: Vendor Fiscal/Employer Agent and Agency With Choice.

Vendor Fiscal/Employer Agent FMS (VF/EA)

One of the types of Financial Management Service options. In this model, the participant or their surrogate (representative) is the COMMON LAW EMPLOYER and the Vendor Fiscal/Employer Agent Financial Management Service is the Common Law Employer AGENT. As an Employer Agent, the VF/EA handles payroll and other administrative on behalf of you, the Common Law Employer. The company that ODP contracted with to provide VF/EA statewide for waiver participants is Public Partnerships LLC.

Vendor Fiscal/Employer Agent Support Service Worker Qualifications - PDF


Wage and Benefit Ranges for VF/EA 2014-15

Wage and benefit ranges are set by ODP each year for each of the services available in Participant-Directed Services. As an employer, you determine your employee wages from these ranges.

047-13 VF/EA Wage and Benefit Ranges for Specific Participant Directed Services Effective July 1, 2014 - PDF

Vendor Fiscal/Employer Agent FMS Bulletin 00-08-14 - PDF


VF/EA Forms

There are a number of forms you, as a Common Law Employer, may use. All forms may be found on the Public Partnerships LLC website.


Agency With Choice (AWC) FMS

One of the types of Financial Management Service options. In this model, the agency is the Common Law Employer and the participant or their chosen surrogate (representative) is the MANAGING EMPLOYER. As MANAGING EMPLOYER, you share responsibiloities for managing your workers with the AWC. The AWC handles payroll and other administrative on your behalf. ODP contracts with different AWCs across the state. The list of current AWCs is below.

AWC Provider Listing (Informational Memo 044-14) PDF


Wage and Benefit Ranges for AWC 2014-15

Wage and benefit ranges are set by ODP each year for each of the services available in Participant-Directed Services. As an employer, you determine your employee wages from these ranges.

ODP Info Packet 040-14: Agency With Choice (AWC) Financial Management Services (FMS) Wage Ranges and Benefit Allowance and Corresponding for Specific Participant Directed Services (PDS) Department Established Fees Effective July 1, 2014 - PDF

ODP Info Packet 046-13: Agency With Choice (AWC) Financial Management Services (FMS) Wage and Benefit Ranges and Corresponding Department Established fees for Specific Participant Directed Services (PDS) Effective July 1, 2013 - PDF

ODP Memo 043-13: Fiscal Year (FY) 2013-2014 Consolidated and Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) Waivers Proposed Department Established Fees for waiver eligible services, residential ineligible services, and Targeted Services Management (TSM) - PDF

Agency With Choice (AWC) Financial Management Services (FMS) Bulletin 00-08-08 PDF


AWC Forms

There are a number of forms you, as a Managing Employer, may use. ODPs forms are below. Your Agency With Choice will also have some of its own forms.

DP 1006: Authorized Surrogate Designation Form PDF

DP 1007: Managing Employer/Surrogate Agreement Form PDF

DP 1008: Documentation of Support Service Worker (SSW) Qualifications Form PDF

DP 1009: Emergency Back-up "Qualified" Support Service Worker (SSW) and/or Natural Support1 Designation Form PDF

DP 1010: Monthly Progress Notes PDF


Microboards

A Microboard© is a small, non-profit corporation that functions as a provider agency and is formed with the specific intent to support only one individual with a disability. The Microboard© concept was designed on a person-centered planning philosophy and the sole purpose of the Microboard© is to focus on assisting an individual to plan for, obtain, and manage the supports they need and desire to direct their own services.

Microboard Bulletin 00-07-04 PDF

Microboards AE Responsibilities Letter PDF


Partnership Trainings about Directing Your Own Services

The Partnership offers a workshops that help people understand the ways that you can direct your own services if you use ODP funded services.

PDS for Self-Advocates

PDS for Families


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