In this two year project, 40-50 people in southeastern PA will have the opportunity to direct their own services with the assistance of a Supports Broker/Recovery Coach.
The project will recruit people interested in directing their own services. This may include people already directing some of their own services and using agencies for some of their support or people in traditional service models who want to move to a person-directed model but have hesitated in the past because of lack of support. Project participants must be eligible for and receiving home and community-based services through the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) or the Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL). The project will also specifically recruit people who have dual diagnosis and meet the above criteria (have a mental health diagnosis and are eligible to receive Recovery Coaching/Certified Peer Specialist through Medical Assistance).
The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, Values into Action-PA, the Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA and Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care are collaborating to create a “Supports Brokerage.” This Supports Brokerage will recruit, hire and train Supports Brokers. Recovery Coaches (Certified Peer Specialists) who are trained in person-driven models will also be recruited and connected to the Supports Brokerage.
Project participants will select a Support Broker/Recovery Coach to assist them with planning, budgeting and arranging formal and informal services and supports. Project participants can either choose from the Supports Brokers/Recovery Coaches that have been recruited by the project staff or can refer someone to be trained and supported through the Supports Brokerage.
This demonstration is a project of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University and is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council.
Eligibility for Participation:
1. Person is interested in directing his/her own services
2. Eligible for and receiving home and community-based services through the Office of Developmental Programs or the Office of Long-Term Living
3. Live in SE Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Bucks)
1. Participate in an interview/survey at both the beginning and end of the project
2. Use the services of a Supports Broker/Recovery Coach
3. Attend an orientation for project participants
4. Be willing to share Individual Support Plan and service expenditure information with the project
Questions: Contact Kristin Ahrens at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please fill out the below questions as completely as possible. Some of the questions ask very personal information. The project is committed to supporting a diverse group of participants so we need to collect this information as part of the application process. The information on the applications will only be shared with Kristin Ahrens, the Project Director, and 2-3 advisory board members who will help review the applications.