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Community Pathways / New Directions / Waiver

Attention: Eligible youth transitioning out of school in the summer of 2009 and their families who are considering self-directing services through the New Directions waiver should complete Support Broker training by January 15, 2009. A Transitioning Youth timeline is here

Community Pathways

Community Pathways continues to cover services such as residential, CSLA, day and supported employment services. Additionally, it covers Family and Individuals Support Services for eligible individuals. Community Pathways currently serves nearly 9,000 people with developmental disabilities.

New Directions

Who? What? Where? When? How?

Who: New Directions will allow up to 100 people (during its first year) to direct their own services. Individuals wanting more control over their services and who are interested in taking more of a management role in their services are good candidates.

What: A person in New Directions can get a whole array of services, including support services, supported employment and others.

Where: New Directions is for people living in their own homes or with their families. It will be available to people in all parts of the State.

When: New Directions began on July 1, 2005

How: Everyone in New Directions will have an Individual Budget. With assistance from a Fiscal Management Service (FMS) and a person called a Support Broker, the individual will manage their budget, hire and supervise their own staff and make decisions about how their services are provided. The FMS will pay bills, take care of tax paperwork, and provide monthly budget statements. The Support Broker will be someone the person trusts to help them navigate the system, help them with staff and act as an advocate.

Contact Grace Serio at (410)767-8692 for more information.

DDA New Directions Guidance

Fiscal Management Services (FMS) Providers

Support Brokers