CareGivers America is a provider for the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP). Specifically, we support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live full independent lives in their homes and communities.

We value what is important to people with disabilities and their families, who are striving for an “everyday life”. An everyday life is about opportunities, relationships, rights, and responsibilities. It is about being a member of the community, having a valued role, making a contribution to society, and having one’s rights as a citizen fully respected.

This collaborative vision with ODP guides our processes, our approaches, and our mission.

Everyday Lives: Values in Action

CareGivers America is a provider for the following Office of Developmental programs and services:

Funding Programs Services
Community Living Waiver Companionship
Consolidated Waiver In Home and Community
P/FDS Waiver Supports
Base Funding Respite
Adult Autism Waiver Support Broker
Homemaker/Chore
Specialized Skill Development
Supported Employment

Participants and their families have three choices regarding how you want to manage your home and community based services.

The services are the same in every model – the difference is in the degree in which the participant has control and management of their own services.

  1. Traditional agency model: The option which has been around the longest is the traditional agency model. In this model, the participant agrees to have the provider manage their services.

    CareGivers America is a traditional agency provider.
    Call our offices for more information!

  2. Agency With Choice (participant directed with support): In the Agency With Choice (AWC) model, the participant chooses to self-direct their services, but utilizes an Agency With Choice provider to enhance their experience and assist with the regulatory, legal, payroll, insurance, and management responsibilities.

    This is a great option for families who want more choice and control, but don’t want to be the legal ’employer of record’. In this model, the participant and the AWC become joint employers of the workers.

    • The AWC is the ’employer of record’ for business, legal and insurance purposes. The AWC is there to support in any areas where the participant or their representative need help to direct their services.

    • The participant or family member becomes the ‘managing employer’ in this model, directing the way and means in which services are carried out.

    CareGivers America is an Agency With Choice provider in all counties of Pennsylvania.
    Learn more about this program here:

    Click here to refer a participant to our Agency With Choice Program.

  3. Vendor Fiscal/Employer Agent (participant directed): In the VF/EA model, the consumer or their representative have full control over the management of their services and are the legal employer of record. The participant/representative utilize a third party entity for “financial management services” such as payroll, billing, tax report filing, etc.

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