A Supports Broker is paid to perform a variety of duties to support a person in self-directing services and supports. A Supports Broker can offer assistance with employer-related functions, enhancing natural supports, and service and supports continuity and maintenance. The role of the Supports Broker is uniquely defined by the individual utilizing the brokering service.
A Support Broker provides information, guidance and technical assistance. So that an individual can access, organize and utilize opportunities, resources and services necessary to live a self determined life.
A Supports Broker assists participants or their designated surrogate with employer-related functions in order to be successful in self-directing some or all of the participants' needed services.
Limited to the following activities:
- Explaining/assisting with completing Managing Employer paperwork
- Participating in trainings or other interactions with PathWays (or another FMS provider)
- Developing recruiting and hiring techniques
- Determining pay rates
- Providing or arranging training for Support Service Professionals
- Developing/implementing/modifying a back up plan for services, emergencies, or absences
- Scheduling supports
- Developing effective management and supervision techniques
- Reviewing safety issues
- Assisting with understanding Managing Employer duties/responsibilities
- Facilitating a support group to help meet the participant’s self-direction needs
- Expanding/coordinating informal, unpaid resources and networks within the community
- Identifying areas of support to promote success with self-direction and independence and share info with team and Supports Coordinator
- Identifying/communicating any proposed changes to the service plan
- Advising/assisting with development of procedures to monitor expenditures and utilization of services
- Complying with standards, regulations, policies, and the waiver requirements
- Securing a new surrogate (when applicable)