Brokerage Basics

"What about...?"(The FAQs)

What can I get?




All services are funded by the Community First Choice Option (the K Plan) or the Title XIX Waiver Program.

Everything purchased with Support Services dollars must qualify for what is known as a "social benefit". A social benefit is a service "solely intended to assist an individual with disabilities to function in society on a level comparable to that of an individual...who does not have a disability." As such, every expenditure must meet all 9 of these criteria to be considered for the use of Support Service funds:

  • The service must be directly related to a specific goal on the individual's plan and may never exceed the amount in the authorized Individual Support Plan.
  • The service must be required to maintain or increase independence and/or community participation and/or productivity.
  • The service must be required solely because of the direct effects of a developmental disability]
  • The service does not replace an existing support system or resource
  • The service does not replace other governmental benefits (OVRS, Department of Ed., SSI, OHP...)
  • The service does not provide for basic needs or food, shelter or clothing
  • The service is a cost-effective use of public resources
  • The service is never a direct payment to a beneficiary
  • The service is never for activities that are purely diversional

  • General categories of services include:
  • Case Management
  • Attendant Care
  • Employment Supports
  • Community Transportation
  • Relief Care
  • Behavior Supports
  • Community Nursing
  • Skill Training
  • Assistive Devices/Technology
  • Environmental Modifications
  • Family Training
  • Home Delivered Meals
  • Specialized Diets
  • Specialized Supplies

  • You can also check out the latest Expenditure Guidelines and Rate Ranges.