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Program Membership

Program membership is available to state agencies that administer or seek to administer participant-directed programs.  We offer an open program membership option which includes 5 hours of technical assistance and is available at no cost.  For agencies seeking more intensive technical assistance, we also offer associate program membership for a fee.

As a program member with the NRCPDS, we will help your agency:

  • Stay on top of national and state policy and program developments for participant direction
  • Get practical assistance to build and improve your programs
  • Connect with peer programs

Learn more: Program Membership Overview

Apply today: 2014-2015 Program Membership Application

Get Connected: 2014-2015 Program Member Directory

If you would like to learn more information about program membership, please contact us at

If you are a member and would like to be added to the membership e-mail distribution list, please contact Sierra Horn at or 617-552-3513.

Upcoming Events For Program Members

Open Forum
Monday, November 10, 3-4:30pm EST
Open to State Agencies Only
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The NRCPDS technical assistance team will use the open forum to provide state agencies updates in the field. This is an opportunity for program members to ask your most pressing questions. The technical assistance team will actively participate in this discussion and respond to your questions. We also encourage program members to actively participate and provide advice and information to your peers.


Please contact Sierra Horn, or 617-552-3515617-552-3515, if you are experiencing any difficulties registering for events.


Member Forum Wednesday, August 27, 3-4pm EST Open to FMS and State Agencies Register Now At this member forum, Shawn Terrell from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will present on the recently released guidance to HHS agencies for implementing principles of Section 2402(a) of the Affordable Care Act. The guidance contains standards for person-centered planning and self-direction in home and community-based services programs. Mr. Terrell is currently Health Insurance Specialist at ACL and has been working in the long term services and supports (LTSS) area for 15 years. His primary focus is on developing person-centered planning capacity in States and on developing quality measures and quality improvement in home and community based service systems. NRCPDS’ Mollie Murphy and Suzanne Crisp will be on the call to help with questions. PD 101 Training Thursday, September 25, 3:30-5pm EST Open to FMS and State Agencies Register Now Participant Direction 101 is a training event exclusively available to staff members from organizations with active membership at the NRCPDS. This training will provide an overview of the philosophy and history of participant direction, relevant research, basic program elements, and person-centered language. PD 101 will be especially useful to staff who are new to participant direction or those looking for a refresher on the basics. This session will be similar to the PD 101 session held in September 2013. Presenters are NRCPDS staff Colleen Bouzan, Joe Keune, and Sierra Horn. Technical Assistance experts Suzanne Crisp and Merle Edwards-Orr will be on the line to help answer your questions. Please contact Sierra Horn, or 617-552-3515, if you are experiencing any difficulties registering for events.

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