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NRCPDS transitions to Applied Self-Direction

October 26, 2016 -

October 2016

We are excited to announce that the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS) is moving to Applied Self Direction.  (Please note that some NRCPDS research projects will continue at Boston College.)


Applied Self Direction is an organization that NRCPDS staff, led by founding director Kevin Mahoney, were instrumental in creating over 2 years ago. Applied Self Direction is led by Mollie Murphy, a long-time self direction expert of the NRCPDS. The intent of creating Applied Self Direction was to house the critical work of promoting self direction. The mission of Applied Self Direction is to promote self direction so individuals have the choice and control to live the lives they want.


To learn more about Applied Self Direction, please visit our new website:

International Learning Exchange

September 8, 2016 -

September 2016

This Open Forum describes a September 2015 international learning exchange meeting in which experts in self-direction and mental health from seven nations convened for sharing best practices, discussing challenges, and laying the groundwork for a learning community to support the continued development of self-direction.


Click Here for the Psychiatric Services Journal Article

VD-HCBS Update

February 4, 2015 -

February 2015


New legislation, signed into law by the President just before Christmas, includes positive language about the Veteran's Health Administration's efforts to expand Home and Community-Based Services, specifically mentioning the VD-HCBS program.


Read the full VD-HCBS Update

Recently Released Joint Guidance on FLSA

December 15, 2014 -

December 2014


The Department of Justice and The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights recently released joint guidance on FLSA Home Care Rule compliance.


Available on our FLSA Resources web-page.

Executive Director Announcement

November 14, 2014 -

November 2014


We are delighted to announce Richard Petty, MBA as the new Executive Director of the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS).  He has also been named as a Research Professor at the School of Social Work at Boston College.


Full Announcement...

Facts and Figures: National Inventory

September 19, 2014 -

September 2014

The NRCPDS is excited to share our Facts and Figures report. This report shares highlights and general findings from the inventory of PD programs results.


Click Here to Get the Report

Voices of Veterans

September 16, 2014 -

New Veterans Research Study Launched


The NRCPDS is launching a research study called, "The Voices of Veterans." This study is an opportunity for us to learn directly from Veterans how the VD-HCBS program impacts Veterans' lives and what improvements could be made. If you are enrolled in a VD-HCBS program, we want to hear from you! 


To Participate contact us toll free at: (855)887-2555 or email Ellen Mahoney at

FLSA Tool Kit

September 3, 2014 -

September 2014


The NRCPDS recently released a toolkit on the Department of Labor Home Care Final Rule, set to take effect January 1, 2015. This tool kit is a resource for participant direction program stakeholders.


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FLSA Toolkit Webinar

September 8, 2014 -

September 2014

On September 8, 2014, the NRCPDS presented a webinar to guide attendees through the recently released, "Fair Labor Standards Act Home Care Rule Toolkit". The call was led by Mollie Murphy and she was joined on the call by J James Toews, Senior Adviser at the Administration for Community Living, and Alison Barkoff, Director of Advocacy at Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.

Click Here to Access Webinar Recording

Generations Article

August 29, 2014 -

August 2014

This article, featured in Generations the Journal of the American Society on Aging, describes both the promise that participant direction holds for aging services and the factors that may limit such promise.


Click Here to Access the Article

NRCPDS Joint Employment Listening Session

July 7, 2014 -

July 7, 2014

This Monday, July 7, The NRCPDS will host a follow-up listening session call on the recently releasd Department of Labor Adminisrator's Interpretation on Joint Employment in Domestic Service Employment Under the Fair Labor Standards Act.


Register for this call by clicking here

Aging Network Workforce Competencies Research Brief

June 27, 2014 -

June 2014

This research brief presents the key findings from a survey of AAA directors and staff to identify competency-based workforce initiatives and needs within the Network.


Click Here to Access the Brief

VD-HCBS Sustainability Guidance

June 25, 2014 -

June 2014

The NRCPDS developed a guide to assist Veterans Affairs Medical Center program administrators make a case for the sustainability of their VD-HCBS program.


Click Here to Access the Guide

NRCPDS Annual Report 2013

June 25, 2014 -

June 2014

The NRCPDS has released an annual report. This report covers the activites and progress made by the center in 2013


Click Here to Access the Report

Support Brokers Study

May 27, 2014 -

May 2014

This article, featured in the Journal of Disability Policy Studies, examines how support brokers (program counselors) carry out and are prepared for their roles in participant-directed programs.


Click Here to Access the Article Abstract

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. Report

May 27, 2014 -

May 2014

In this two-part study, the NRCPDS assessed key issues related to participant direction in Medicaid managed long-term services and supports and integrated Medicare and Medicaid programs for the dually eligible.


Click Here to Access the Report

Saving and Purchase Patterns Study

March 25, 2014 -

March 2014

This study, featured in the Journal of Policy Practice, study examines budget/purchase experiences of participants in the West Virginia’s Medicaid Aged and Disabled Waiver program who completed an application for the purchase of goods/services between September 2009 and August 2011.


Click Here to Access the Article

LTC Discussion Group Presentation

March 5, 2014 -

March 2014

The NRCPDS presented at the Long Term Care (LTC) Discussion Group meeting in Washington, D.C. on March 5, 2014. They discussed participant-directed services in managed care. To learn more about the LTC Discussion Group visit:


Click Here for Presentation Slides

VD-HCBS Goods and Services Training

February 13, 2014 -

February 2014

In February 2014, the VHA and NRCPDS held a training on VD-HCBS goods and services.


Click Here for the Call Materials

ASPE-Truven Five State Study

February 10, 2014 -

February 2014

To gain a more thorough understanding of how managed long-term services and supports (MLTSS) programs have implemented participant direction, researchers from the NRCPDS conducted an in-depth examination of participant-directed MLTSS programs in five states.


Click Here to Access the Article

Announcement: Executive Director Opening

February 26, 2014 -

February 2014

The Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is seeking a new Executive Director (grant-funded) for the NRCPDS. This announcement demonstrates the ongoing commitment that Boston College and the Graduate School of Social Work are making to the research, education, technical assistance, and policy analysis work of this National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services.


Click Here to Learn More About the Position

Preparing Social Workers Article

February 6, 2014 -

February 2014

This article, featured in the Journal of Gerontological Social Work, discusses the importance of training social workers for the changing Aging and Disability Network. Authored by Nancy R. Hooyman, Ph.D; center director, Kevin J. Mahoney, Ph.D.; and center consultant, Mark Sciegaj, Ph.D.

Click Here to Access the Article

*Used with the permission of Taylor & Francis (

Affordable Care Act Issue Brief Summary

January 23, 2014 -

April 2013

This issue brief was authored by policy expert, Lucia Cucu and center director, Kevin J. Mahoney.  Authors explored the impacts of the ACA on employers and employees in the Agency with Choice and Fiscal/Employer Agent models of participant direction.

Click Here for the Summary

FMS Presentations and Handouts

November 12, 2013 -

November 12, 2013

Materials and presentations from the 2013 FMS Conference are now available.


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VD-HCBS Case Mix and Budget Tool Training

October 9, 2013 -

October 2013

There were two trainings held in October on the use and application of the VD-HCBS Case Mix and Budget Tool. Call materials are available in our resource library.


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Behavioral Health Environmental Scan Summary

July 9, 2013 -

July 2013

This environmental scan was designed to understand facilitators and barriers to self-direction in behavioral health, ascertain interest among stakeholders, adapt the model and outcome measures to better fit the needs of behavioral health consumers, and develop recommendations to inform next steps. The scan was a joint effort conducted over 18 months (September 2011 – February 2013) by researchers from the National Center for Participant-Directed Services, Human Services Research Institute, and the University of Maryland, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Click here for the report

FMS Conference - Registration OPEN

July 2013

The NRCPDS is excited to announce our 5th Biennial Financial Management Services Conference. The conference will be held November 4-5, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore, MD.




FMS Conference - Call for Presentations

June 4, 2013 -

July 2013

NOW OPEN, the NRCPDS is now accepting presentation applications for a limited number of speaking opportunities that are available at the 5th Biennal FMS Conference, November 4-5, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore, MD.

 If you would are interested in applying, please complete the application online at:
FMS Conference - Call for Presentations

Presentations Due: Monday, July 15, 2013

VD-HCBS 101 Call Materials

May 1, 2013 -

May 2013

The Veteran Affairs (VA) Central Office, along with the NRCPDS, holds VD-HCBS 101 Calls with VAMCs interested in the VD-HCBS program. The materials include the VD-HCBS 101 Call slides, VAMC Getting Started FAQs, the VD-HCBS Program Readiness Review, and the VD-HCBS FMS Readiness Review.

For the VD-HCBS 101 materials, Click Here.







Affordable Care Act Issue Brief Summary

May 9, 2013 -

April 2013

In preparation for the implementation of the the ACA, the NRCPDS looked into how participant direction will be impacted by the new legislation. The issue brief was authored by Policy expert, Lucia Cucu, Center FMS Lead, Mollie Murphy, and Center Director, Kevin J. Mahoney.

Click Here for the Summary

VD-HCBS Webinar

March 13, 2013 -

March 13, 2013

The Administration for Community Living will join the Veteran’s Health Administration on the second Quarterly National Webinar related to Veteran-Directed Home and Community Based Services (VD-HCBS).

Visit our Events Page for more information

Aging & Disability Network Toolkit

January 2013

The ADN toolkit, funded by ACL and developed by NRCPDS, serves the Aging and Disability network with an interactive educational resource. It covers both the philosophy of participant direction and the operational elements of a well-developed program; including program design, implementation, and evaluation.


View the toolkit online at: Aging and Disability Network Toolkit

Budget Crisis Toolkit

December 18, 2012

Recently, AARP linked to a helpful tookit for use by state policymakers and advocates that was developed by the NRCPDS.  This resource is intended to provide insight to and assistance with decision-making during difficult budget times.


Click to Download the Toolkit

VD-HCBS Educational Call

December 11, 2012 -

December 12, 2012

Administration for Community Living (ACL) and Veterans Health Administration (VHA) hosted an educational call focused on the Veteran-Directed Home & Community-Based Services (VD-HCBS) Program. The call featured federal administrators from ACL and VHA.

Click For More Information about the Call

Agency with Choice: White Paper

October 30, 2012 -

October 30, 2012

Our newly released white paper presents the benefits and challenges of Agency with Choice (AwC) Financial Management Services (FMS) and puts forth the list of key components for AwC FMS to be considered participant-directed.

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Participant Engagement Issue Brief

October 30, 2012 -

October 30, 2012

This new issue brief provides a strong foundation for understanding and implementing meaningful and effective engagement practices in the design and improvement of a broad range of public programs and policies.

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Fiscal/Employer Agent (F/EA) Core Standards

September 17, 2012

The F/EA Core Standards are a set of standards that our FMS members support and consider to be best practices in the provision of Fiscal/Employer Agent Services.

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Self-Direction and Behavioral Health

May 18, 2012

The NRCPDS has joined with state and national leaders in mental health and substance use to produce a new webinar that illustrates how self-direction can be implemented in the behavioral health field.

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Annual Report Released

January 3, 2012

The NRCPDS is pleased to present our 2011 Annual Report.

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Guiding Principles Released

January 1, 2012

The NRCPDS joined with members of disability and worker communities to sign Guiding Principles for Partnerships with Unions and Emerging Worker Organizations.

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Guiding Principles Released

November 22, 2011

The NRCPDS joined with members of disability and worker communities to sign Guiding Principles for Partnerships with Unions and Emerging Worker Organizations.

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FMS Conference Materials

November 16, 2011

Materials and presentations from the 2011 FMS Conference are now available.

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The FMS Conference is Now Full

November 4, 2011

The FMS Conference is now full! Updated materials are available on the conference webpage.

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A CLASS Act Update

October 28, 2011

Recently, Secretary Selbelius announced that she didn't see a way for the CLASS Act to succeed given the financial solvency requirement.  Our NRCPDS Director has drafted a letter discussing what this means for LTC reform.

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Conference Registration Notice

September 23, 2011

Registration rates for the FMS conference will increase after October 15th.

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Lynn's Story

September 16, 2011

Lynn MacDonald, National Participant Network member, created a new video sharing her story.  Take a look at the video and learn more about the NPN.

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Reserve Your FMS Exhibit Space

August 30, 2011

Limited exhibit space available at the 2011 FMS Conference!  Reserve your space and register today.

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Join Us: Program Membership Launched!

August 4, 2011

The NRCPDS is pleased to announce the launch of a new service, program membership, for state level agencies interested in participant direction.

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NRCPDS Awarded New Funding from AoA

July 26, 2011

Assistant Secretary Greenlee awards $2.25 million to NRCPDS to enhance home and community based service delivery.

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2011 FMS Conference- Register Now!

July 1, 2011

Registration for the 2011 FMS Conference is now open.  The conference will be held in Baltimore, MD on November 14 & 15, 2011. 

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Public Policy Annual Report Released

June 29, 2011

The NRCPDS has released a Public Policy Annual Report.  The report covers all work by the center and its public policy advisory committee, including work on health care reform. 

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Our NPN is up for a Refresh Project Grant

June 1, 2011

Our National Participant Network (NPN) has a new opportunity to support Stakeholder Networks in 5 states with funding from Pepsi! The NPN is currently in the running for this additional funding and you can help! 

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New NRCPDS Website Launches

Jun 23, 2011

The NRCPDS has launched a new website design! The redesigned website features a video series, program map, and extensive tools & resources.

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New VAnguard Article on VD-HCBS

May 1, 2011

An April 2011 article in VAnguard Magazine highlights "a new partnership is helping veterans with disabilities live independently at home"

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