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Who We Are

About the Center

The National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS) assists states, agencies and organizations in offering participant-directed services to people with disabilities. We are the only national resource that performs this function.

Many people with disabilities can benefit from participant-directed (also known as consumer-directed or self-directed) services. These services promote independence by helping participants decide for themselves what mix of personal-assistance supports and services best fits their needs.

At the NRCPDS, our mission is to infuse participant-directed options in all home and community-based services. We provide national leadership, technical assistance, training, education and research that improve the lives of people of all ages with disabilities.

The NRCPDS has a National Advisory Committee composed of leaders in our field.  View our NAC membership.

View the NRCPDS Overview Video

Our Goal: Lasting Change

The NRCPDS effects lasting change by:

  • Delivering sophisticated technical assistance to both Medicaid and non-Medicaid funded programs
  • Offering the best trainings, toolkits and educational opportunities for programs to build quality participant-directed options in every state
  • Coordinating our research and policy efforts to spark the expansion of quality participant-directed programs

Housed at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, the NRCPDS builds on lessons learned as the national program office for the Cash & Counseling grant program. Through this program, we have helped introduce participant-directed programs into 15 state Medicaid programs.

  • Sponsors
    Many friends over the years have supported the NRCPDS and thus the development and growth of participant direction throughout the country.
  • Success Stories
    People with disabilities and their caregivers have experienced great success with participant-directed programs across the country. We've compiled a few of their stories.
  • Staff Profiles
    Our staff includes more than 20 professionals dedicated to the success of participant-directed programs nationwide.

National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services
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