Supports Broker Service in Philadelphia
Supports Broker Service provides assistance to persons with an intellectual disability and their families who choose to self-direct some or all of their services.
In order to participate, a person must reside in their own private home or the home of family and the service must be authorized in their Individual Support Plan (ISP). The Supports Broker is chosen by the participant and works for them, and can assist a participant with the responsibility for managing their services. This range of supports can include:
- determining services they want to self-direct;
- providing support at team meetings;
- explaining and providing support in completing paperwork;
- participating in the orientation and training of new support workers;
- helping to recruit, interview potential staff and determine pay rate;
- developing staff schedules;
- assisting with staff issues as they arise;
- working with agencies who are providing a service.
In addition, the Supports Broker can assist in the identification of community resources to support success with self direction.
The Supports Broker does not replace their Supports Coordinator.