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Agency with Choice Financial Management Services model

The Department of Human Services (DHS), Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is pleased to announce the release of Bulletin 00-20-04: “Participant-Directed Services: Agency with Choice Financial Management Services Model. This bulletin obsoletes and replaces ODP Bulletin 00-08-08: “Agency with Choice Financial Management Services (AWC FMS)”.

There have been extensive changes in ODP’s waivers, regulations, and structure in the 12 years since Bulletin 00-08-08 was issued. Bulletin 00-20-04, which was developed with significant stakeholder input, updates and modernizes ODP’s expectations for AWC operations to reflect contemporary practices in service delivery.

ODP intends to provide targeted training and education sessions on Bulletin 00-20-04 as soon as it can be accomplished. See the following attachments for additional information:

Attachment 1: AWC Employer Responsibilities

Attachment 2: Managing Employer Skills Training Topics

Attachment 3: Model Managing Employer Agreement Form

Questions about the bulletin’s implementation or contents may be directed to the appropriate ODP Regional Office or to ODP’s Participant Direction Administration Unit.

ODP has announced the wage range tables for specific participant directed services provided to participants utilizing the Agency with Choice (AWC) Financial Management Services (FMS) model effective July 1, 2018. The wage ranges and benefit allowances are unchanged from Fiscal Year 2017-2018.

These wage and benefit ranges will be used to pay Support Service Professionals (SSPs) and to support claims processing in the Provider Reimbursement and Operations Management Information System in electronic format (PROMISe) by the AWC FMS organization.

There are ODP-established wage ranges and an hourly benefit allowance for six participant directed services for participants who are using the AWC FMS model. These services are:

  1. Supports Broker;
  2. Companion Services;
  3. Supported Employment;
  4. In-Home and Community Supports;
  5. In-Home Respite and Unlicensed Out-of-home Respite; and
  6. Homemaker/Chore services.

A modifier and adjusted rates are available for Enhanced Communication Services for individuals who are eligible for the service, are in need of enhanced communication supports, and the SSP has been determined qualified to provide the service by ODP.

The AWC FMS Department established fees are identified in a public notice published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and are available online.