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National Participant Network (NPN)


The National Participant Network (NPN) includes people of all ages with disabilities (and their representatives*) who participate or plan to participate in self-direction** programs to support living in the community.

We aim to strengthen the local, state, and national participant voice for participant direction.  NPN members also have the opportunity to provide input on national policy efforts related to participant direction.

For More Information

To learn more about the NPN, please contact NPN coordinator Althea McLuckie at or 575-776-1755. We welcome inquiries from both prospective participants and their representatives.

You may also access the following resources:

Once your form is completed, you can click "Submit Form" in the upper right corner.  This will directly email your form if you use outlook or another desktop email application.  If you use webbased email like yahoo or hotmail, it will ask you to save your form to the desktop and then submit by attaching to an email.   Please direct your email to:

*Participants may choose to appoint someone as their representative.  A representative can help to manage budgets and help with decision-making. 

**Participant-directed services are sometimes referred to as consumer-directed or self-directed services.

What We've Accomplished

We're proud of our many achievements at NPN, which include:

  • Developing participant-designed tools to aid in the growth of participant direction, such as the Got Participants?
  • Outreach Tools- Members informing members of innovative approaches and existing tools used within states
  • Members providing guidance on NRCPDS products and services, such as research on innovative purchasing of goods and services, the Participant-Direction Handbook for states interested in developing a participant-directed option and a tool to assist states in developing a participant guidebook
  • Members providing input on national policies and projects, such as the Center for Self-Determination's State Resource Guide on Self-Determination, proposed rules for the Deficit Reduction Act, and Principles on Unionization and Participant Direction for when unionization efforts exist
  • Members learning about and collaborating with other state and national networks, such as the developmental disabilities councils and the National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
  • Members testifying at state and federal hearings pertaining to their personal experiences with participant direction
  • Members presenting at state and national conferences on the benefits of participant direction and on their work to include participants in the design of services