A team identifies and creates a plan to meet specific outcomes that support a person to be able to stay in their home. The goal of Participant/Family Stability Assistance is to prevent or delay a person's unwanted out-of-home placement.
Only a person and their family members who live with them can use this service. It also includes counseling and training to support the participant's disability in their home and so they can access supports in their community.
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.
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 fees or materials related to training and counseling that helps 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.
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.
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.
Rates and limits for Participant/Family Stability Assistance are contained in the service rule's appendix.
Participant/Family Stability providers cannot be paid more than their customary charge for the service.