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Available for people using the Level One and SELF Waiver

Participant/Family Stability Assistance

Participant/Family Stability Assistance is a service available to a person and the family members they live with. It provides training and counseling to help understand how to best support a person in their own home. The person can learn how to direct their own services and access supports offered in the community. Training and counseling materials and fees that assist families to successfully live together are also covered through this service. The goal of Participant/Family Stability Assistance is to prevent or delay a person's unwanted out-of-home placement. 

When to Apply this Service

The person’s service and support administrator, or SSA, will assess them for a need for Participant/Family Stability Assistance. If there is a need, the SSA will include it in the person’s individual service plan. Participant/Family Stability Assistance is outcome-based, which means there must be a specific goal for the service in the individual service plan.

This service helps the person identify how to be best supported in their own home. The person can also learn how to direct their own services.

The service helps cover enrollment fees and materials related to training and counseling that help families live together. Training can be related to

  • ways to build up the person's ability to direct their own services,
  • how family members can best support the person,
  • or how to access support offered in the community
  • prevention or delay of unwanted out-of-home placement. 

Providing this Service

Agency and independent providers that have a Medicaid provider agreement and are DODD-certified can provide this service.

Participant/Family Stability Assistance is a one-on-one service.

This service does not cover the costs for travel expenses or experimental and prohibited treatments.

Training Requirements

After initial provider certification and completing annual training requirements, the following is required to provide this service.

Participant/Family Stability Assistance Training

The person may determine additional qualifications for their provider, which must be recorded in the individual service plan.

A county board or a regional council of governments may provide this training only when no other certified provider is willing and able.

Participant/Family Stability Assistance training cannot be provided to a person by his or her family member.

Participant/Family Stability Assistance Counseling

Counseling under this service must be provided by a

  • psychologist licensed by the state pursuant to Chapter 4732 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC);
  • professional clinical counselor licensed by the state pursuant to section 4757.22 of ORC;
  • professional counselor licensed by the state pursuant to section 4757.23 of ORC;
  • independent social worker licensed by the state pursuant to section 4757.27 of ORC;
  • social worker licensed by the state pursuant to section 4757.28 of ORC working under the supervision of a licensed independent social worker;
  • or marriage and family therapist licensed by the state pursuant to section 4757.30 of ORC.

A county board or a regional council of governments may provide this counseling only when no other certified provider is willing and able.

Participant/Family Stability Assistance counseling cannot be provided to a person by his or her family member.

Billing and Payment Information

All services must be delivered as specified in the individual service plan and authorized in Payment Authorization for Waiver Services, known as PAWS, to be successfully submitted for payment through eMBS.