Agency with Choice

The Arc of Opportunity is qualified to provide services through DDS’ Agency with Choice (AWC) program model. Agency with Choice is a way to support individuals and families to engage in self-determination. This is an exciting option to be involved in the day to day life of service delivery!

Agency with Choice services provide supports to adults and their families wishing to exercise authority over the design, schedule and staffing of support services. The Arc of Opportunity, as an Agency with Choice Provider, agrees to hire qualified staff to provide an individual and their family with direct supports. This is called a co-employment model with The Arc of Opportunity as the employer of record. The individual and family is the managing employer and responsible for the selection and daily supervision of staff.

Typical services can include:

  • Individualized Home Support
  • Respite
  • Individualized Day Support
  • Companionship

Many adults chose the Agency With Choice model of service in lieu of a traditional day or work program. Agency with Choice is currently available to individuals with funding through the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). The Arc of Opportunity will assist the individual and family with developing an individualized budget for DDS review. After the budget is approved The Arc of Opportunity works as a partner in service delivery.

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